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Amnesty and HRW ask India to stop arresting Dalit rights activists on politically motivated grounds

Read the full press release from Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch:

(New York) – Indian authorities should cease arrests of Dalit rights activists for their work, Amnesty International India and Human Rights Watch said today. The […]

June 24th, 2018|Access to justice, Human Rights Defenders, India, Political Participation|

Joint NGO statement for meeting between the ECOSOC Committee on NGOs and accredited NGOs.

Please find the full statement below
Joint NGO statement for meeting between the ECOSOC Committee on NGOs and accredited NGOs        
(Delivered 22 June 2018 – New York)                                                                                                                                                                                        

Thank you Mr. Chair

I am […]

June 22nd, 2018|Human Rights Defenders, Political Participation, United Nations|

Invitation to the #DalitWomenFight side-event at the UN human rights council – 21 June

IDSN is supporting the side-event #DalitWomenFight against Caste-Based Violence taking place on 21 June in Geneva, in connection with the 38th session of the UN Human Rights Council. The side-event will explore and discuss […]

UN rights chief references the unjust 10-year deferral of IDSN’s application for UN accreditation in his annual report to the UN Human Rights council

IDSN has issued a factsheet covering all the details of IDSN’s case, including over 80 questions received from India over the past 10 years and statements of UN experts addressing IDSN’s case.

In 2017, a […]

June 15th, 2018|Human Rights Defenders, India, Political Participation, United Nations|

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 […]

Dalit women participate in the European Development days

An IDSN delegation took part in the European Development Days in Brussels from 5-6 June 2018, organized by the European Commission. The delegation included Asha Kowtal from the National Dalit Women’s movement –the All […]

June 10th, 2018|Dalit Women, European Union, India, Nepal|

Dalit rights inadequately addressed at the UN rights review of Bangladesh

The recommendation stating that the state must “Step up efforts in order for indigenous peoples, especially the jumma as well as the dalit fully enjoy their human rights,” was issued by Peru, but not […]

June 7th, 2018|Access to justice, Bangladesh, United Nations|

Report: Dalit men, women and children enslaved in India’s brick making industry

A new report by Anti-Slavery International documents widespread slavery in India’s brick making industry and finds that the majority of workers are Dalits. Whole families, including small children, work 9-12 hour days in debt-bondage […]

May 3rd, 2018|Caste-based slavery, India|

Dalit women in India march for justice and access to health and education

You can follow social media updates on the Yatra via @dalitwomenfight both on FaceBook and Twitter.

AIDMAM have also issued the following press release with more details on the Yatra:

April 22, 2018 Jaipur

All India Dalit Mahila […]

April 23rd, 2018|Access to justice, Dalit Women, Education, Human Rights Defenders, India|

Dalits protest Supreme Court ruling diluting legislation meant to protect them

IDSN is greatly concerned over the rulings weakening of the SC/ST Act, meant to protect victims of caste atrocities, and strongly condemns any use of force against peaceful protesters. The ruling makes it possible […]

April 13th, 2018|Access to justice, India|