Archive | Caste-based slavery

Caste-based slavery in the mining sector highlighted in UN debate

The UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery noted with concern that children from marginalised groups, including tribal and lower caste communities, are "doubly vulnerable to abuses" in the mining sector.

September 20th, 2011|Caste-based slavery, India, United Nations|

The ILO and Manual Scavengers in India: Paving the way towards the elimination of caste discrimination

ILO: For millions of people, contemporary India has become a land of opportunities, and the largest democracy in the world has experienced a remarkable economic growth during the last decade. Yet, as India accelerates its pace towards development, many are left behind due to long standing caste-based discrimination in employment. ILO Online reports from Rajasthan, India.

August 25th, 2011|Caste-based slavery, India, Manual Scavenging|

Dalit girls working under slave like conditions in India’s garment industry

Multinational clothing brands are sourcing from cotton spinning mills in Tamil Nadu that exploit teenage girls, subjecting them to what the ILO terms the ‘worst forms of child labour’.

May 19th, 2011|Business, Caste-based slavery, Dalit Children, Dalit Women, India|

The cost of cotton – Every 30 minutes an Indian farmer commits suicide

India is failing to address its farmer suicide crisis, says the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice (CHRGJ), in a report released yesterday that has indentified an agrarian crisis in India where farmer suicides are on the rise and caste discrimination only exacerbates the problem.

May 16th, 2011|Business, Caste-based slavery, India|

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Bus ‘march’ against manual scavenging

A march – or ‘yatra’ - for the eradication of manual scavenging in India was launched on 29 September. During the next few weeks, buses will carry campaigners from five different corners of India to the capital.

October 1st, 2010|Caste-based slavery, India, Manual Scavenging|

NGOs call for ban on Haliya system

The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) and the Jagaran Media Center, a Nepalese NGO, are urging the UN Human Rights Council to ensure that Nepal ends the Haliya system of bonded labour. Most Haliyas are Dalits.

August 30th, 2010|Caste-based slavery, Nepal|

Child labour: EU’s India policy under scrutiny

Two new reports on child labour in the Indian seed industry have prompted a Dutch member of the European Parliament to ask questions about the EU’s relations with India - including the issue of Dalits.

July 22nd, 2010|Caste-based slavery, Dalit Children, European Union, India|

India’s Dalits celebrate Dr. Ambedkar

On 14 April, Dalit communities across India will celebrate the 119th birth anniversary of the spiritual father of the Dalit movement and architect of the Indian constitution, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar.

April 13th, 2010|Caste-based slavery, India|

Dalits are victims of modern slavery

Bonded labourers in South Asia are predominantly Dalits, also known as ‘untouchables’. The UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery highlights this in her report about forced and bonded labour, which will be presented to the Human Rights Council at its 12th session in September.

September 3rd, 2009|Caste-based slavery|