Archive | Human Rights Defenders

EU Human Rights chief discusses caste violence with Dalit women activists

EU Special Representative for Human Rights, Eamon Gilmore and India and Nepal desk representatives of the European External Action Service (EEAS) met with IDSN and Dalit women activists from the Feminist Dalit Organisation – […]

Caste-hate speech highlighted at the 2020 UN Minority Forum

IDSN delivered strong statements at the UN Forum on Minority Issues on the theme “Hate Speech, Social Media and Minorities” highlighting the need to address caste-hate speech. The Forum was held in Geneva and […]

Angela Davis speaks up about #DalitLivesMatter

Veteran civil rights and #BlackLivesMatter campaigner Professor Angela Davis has given a video statement about the need for increased solidarity with the #DalitLivesMatter movement.

The statement can be viewed on YouTube and as a text […]

Petition: UN – Act now and hold member states accountable for elimination of caste-based discrimination

The Dalit Human Rights Defenders Network has launched a petition to call for the United Nations to build forward better on descent and caste-based discrimination. The petition includes concrete recommendations for civil society, UN human […]

November 23rd, 2020|Human Rights Defenders, South Asia, United Nations|

Statement: Rapes of Dalit women and impunity for dominant caste perpetrators must end now

IDSN Statement, October 7, 2020

IDSN strongly condemns the rapes and murders of Dalit girls and women in South Asia. The recent case of gang rape and murder of a 19-year old Dalit woman in […]

October 7th, 2020|Dalit Women, Human Rights Defenders, India, Nepal, South Asia, Violence and atrocities|

Dalit women activists highlight caste and gender discrimination at UN hearing

The need for more attention to be paid to intersectional caste and gender discrimination and for transforming mindsets through human rights education and awareness raising, was highlighted at the UN multi-stakeholder hearing ‘Accelerating the […]

July 28th, 2020|Dalit Women, Human Rights Defenders, India, Nepal, South Asia, United Nations|

Joint letter urges EU to raise serious concern for Dalit human rights defenders at the EU-India summit 

  

Download the full letter here >> 

Surge in atrocities against Dalits and Adivasis under COVID-19 lockdown in India reported

Please find the documented cases and interventions by NDMJ here >> and the collection of media reports collated by NDMJ here >>

Below please read the full press release from NDMJ on this:
Press Statement by National […]

June 15th, 2020|Health, Human Rights Defenders, India, Violence and atrocities|

In solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter

IDSN strongly condemns the murder of George Floyd.

Our hearts go out to his loved ones and the loved ones of all those killed because of systemic inequality, racism and discrimination every day across the […]

June 4th, 2020|Access to justice, Human Rights Defenders, Violence and atrocities|

Nepal: Bachelet condemns Dalit killings, calls for independent investigation

See the statement below from UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet:

 
Nepal: Bachelet condemns Dalit killings, calls for independent investigation
 
GENEVA (29 May 2020) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet expressed […]