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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|

Halt the Hate – Amnesty campaigns to document hate crimes in India

In the press release on the launch of the tool Amnesty India writes:

Over 200 alleged hate crimes in 2017 in India, reveals ‘Halt the hate’ website

In 2017, an alarming number of alleged hate crimes […]

UN Report: Average Dalit woman dies 14.6 years younger than women from dominant castes

A new report by UN Women finds that a woman’s caste in India increases her exposure to mortality because of intersectional discrimination, poor sanitation and inadequate healthcare. The global report Turning promises into action: gender […]

February 28th, 2018|Dalit Women, Education, India, Living conditions, United Nations|

Urgent Appeal: Dalit activists brutally assaulted, arrested and detained by police

Human Rights Defenders’ Alert India have issued the following urgent appeal:
Urgent Appeal for Action – Kerala: Dalit activists brutally assaulted, arrested and detained by police for seeking action on encroachment of public property in Kochi, […]

February 12th, 2018|Access to justice, Human Rights Defenders, India, Violence and atrocities|

Dalit Women Speak Out conference – forming a collective for resistance

The December 2017 Dalit Women Speak Out conference in Pune, India, was a celebration of Dalit women power and resistance and a platform from which to map out new strategies and strengthen the collective force. […]

January 19th, 2018|Dalit Women, Human Rights Defenders, India, Political Participation|