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MEP’s ask EU to act to end the unjust blocking of IDSN’s UN accreditation

Several high-profile members of the European Parliament have sent a letter to the EU High-Representative for Foreign Affairs, Frederica Mogherini, asking the EU to take action to support IDSN’s 10-year quest for UN accreditation, […]

April 9th, 2019|European Union, Human Rights Defenders, India, United Nations|

Caste discrimination is blocking progress on the SDGs says UK NGO development network BOND

A new report Caste and Development: Tackling Discrimination Based on Work and Descent has just been released by the UK NGO development network BOND highlighting the urgent need to address caste discrimination in order […]

Dalit women defenders featured by UN Women on Women’s Day (Video)

Asha Kowtal, General Secretary of the Dalit Women’s Movement AIDMAM-NCDHR, an IDSN member talks about the Dalit Women Fight movement in this UN Women & Google collaboration 5 minute video.

“We are not silent. You […]

Members of European Parliament Ask India to ‘End Crackdown’ on Rights Activists

Twenty members of the European Parliament have written to Central ministers, expressing concern about “worrying signs of shrinking civil society space in India”, newsoutlet The Wire reports.

“India is the largest democracy in the world, […]

February 27th, 2019|European Union, Human Rights Defenders, India|

‘Statelessness’ of Dalit communities raised at the UN Forum on Minority Issues

Renu Sijapati from the Feminist Dalit Organization of Nepal (FEDO Nepal), gave a statement  at the Forum underscoring the many obstacles faced by Dalits in Nepal in obtaining citizenship certificates, which would enable them […]

December 18th, 2018|Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, United Nations|

New IDSN strategy presented at the General Assembly 2018

Members and associates shared the latest updates from their respective countries and future plans were discussed. A new IDSN 5-year strategy was also adopted, which will be finalised and published in the beginning of […]

European Parliament calls on the EU to step up action at the UN and delegation levels to eliminate caste-based discrimination

PRESS RELEASE

December 12th 2018 

The International Dalit Solidarity Network (IDSN) welcomes today’s adoption of the European Parliament’s annual report on human rights and democracy in the world 2017 and the European Union’s policy on the […]

December 12th, 2018|European Union, Human Rights Defenders|

We have a dream

In 1948, the year that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was signed, thousands of Dalits gathered outside a temple in India, from which they had been barred entry because of their caste. A […]

December 10th, 2018|Access to justice, Human Rights Defenders, South Asia, United Nations|

UN Special Rapporteur asks Nepal to act on violence against Dalit women

The UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, Dubravka Šimonović made a preliminary assessment on violence against women in Nepal, after her official visit to the country, which took place from the 19 to […]

December 3rd, 2018|Dalit Women, Nepal, United Nations, Violence and atrocities|

EU encouraged to step up action on the issue of caste discrimination in global supply chains

The hearing was chaired by MEP Pier Antonio Panzeri, Chair of the subcommittee on human rights. Ramesh Nathan focused his presentation on caste and contemporary slavery in supply chains with a specific focus on the […]

December 1st, 2018|Business, Caste-based slavery, European Union, Human Rights Defenders, India, South Asia|