Archive | Manual Scavenging

South Asia: Authorities must urgently protect sanitation workers risking their lives on the COVID-19 frontlines

 

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL, WATERAID AND INTERNATIONAL DALIT SOLIDARITY NETWORK
JOINT PUBLIC STATEMENT
19 November 2020

As the UN marks World Toilet Day, Amnesty International, WaterAid and the International Dalit Solidarity Network call on authorities in India, Bangladesh, Nepal […]

November 18th, 2020|Bangladesh, Health, India, Manual Scavenging, Nepal, Pakistan, United Nations, Water and Sanitation|

IDSN engages with the UN Human Rights Council 45th session on caste, slavery and water and sanitation

IDSN issued recommendations to States, contributed to statements and observed and noted caste-relevant issues presented at the UN Human Rights Council 45th Session held in Geneva.

IDSN International Associate, The International Movement Against All Forms […]

October 5th, 2020|Manual Scavenging, United Nations, Water and Sanitation|

Activists: Government funds India’s most marginalised are not reaching them

The Government have announced a rise in budgets allocated for the welfare of Dalits (Scheduled Castes) and Adivasis (Scheduled Tribes) in India, however human rights activists are saying that the rise is irrelevant as […]

Sanitation worker deaths spark protests demanding an end to manual scavenging in India

The call to action has come from the Safai Kramchari Andolan (SKA), an organization that has been fighting for the rights of manual scavengers and helping them break out of the practice. The protesters […]

September 26th, 2018|Human Rights Defenders, India, Manual Scavenging|

The need to address caste-based violence highlighted in international annual human rights reports

Failure of state authorities to protect the rights of Dalits
In the India chapter of the Amnesty International 2018 report it is noted that,
“Adivasi communities continue to be displaced by industrial projects, and hate crimes […]

UN Expert criticizes India’s sanitation drive for exacerbating manual scavenging

The UN Expert on Water and Sanitation, Léo Heller, has stated that the failure to end the practice of manual scavenging in India coupled with the construction of more non-flush toilets, is contributing to […]

November 14th, 2017|India, Living conditions, Manual Scavenging, United Nations|

UN water and sanitation expert to visit India in November

The United Nations Special Rapporteur, Léo Heller, will visit India from 27 October to 10 November 2017 to examine the extent to which people’s rights to safe drinking water and sanitation are being realized. […]

October 26th, 2017|India, Manual Scavenging, United Nations|

Rights defenders: 27 manual scavengers die in one month – Government must act now

The call comes following the death of 27 manual scavengers in India within the span of one month, outlined in a press release by rights NGO Safai Karmchari Andolan (SKA). In response, the New […]

August 21st, 2017|Access to justice, India, Manual Scavenging|

Global celebrations as ‘Babasaheb’ turns 125

He is revered by India’s Dalit community as the man who campaigned against caste discrimination and inspired todays’ Dalit movement. Others primarily respect Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar as an important architect of the Constitution of […]

April 14th, 2016|India, Manual Scavenging|

Bhim Yatra gives hope to manual scavengers

Their message is clear: ‘Stop killing us’ – in dry latrines, sewers and septic tanks. A group of activist representing the manual scavenging community have carried this message across India since December, and on […]

April 12th, 2016|India, Manual Scavenging|