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UN anti-racism committee issues strong recommendations on fighting caste discrimination in Nepal

The Concluding Observations of the May 2018 review of Nepal, by the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), include dozens of remarks relating to caste-based discrimination and several strongly worded recommendations […]

May 25th, 2018|Human Rights Defenders, Nepal, United Nations|

UN review of Bangladesh highlights the need to ensure non-discrimination of Dalits

Concerns were raised at the review over the narrowing space for civil society, actions undertaken or planned to ensure non-discrimination of Dalits, special measures for minority groups in areas of employment, health and education, […]

March 20th, 2018|Bangladesh, United Nations|

UN human rights chief disturbed by discrimination against Dalits in India

The statement came in an annual report to the United Nations Human Rights Council’s March 2018 session where Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein said,

“In India, I am increasingly disturbed by discrimination and violence directed at minorities, including Dalits […]

March 12th, 2018|India, United Nations|

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|

Young Dalit activists speak out at the UN Minority Forum on youth and inclusion

Young Dalit activists played an active role at the 2017 Forum on Minority Issues, which took place in Geneva from 30 November to 1 December. Dalit women from Nepal and India, forming part of […]

December 13th, 2017|India, Nepal, United Nations|

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|

Joint statement – Pakistan must act immediately to protect Dalits against forced disappearances, slavery and discrimination

Joint statement by the International Dalit Solidarity Network, Pakistan Dalit Solidarity Network, International Movement Against All Forms of Racism and Discrimination (IMADR), Minority Rights Group International, Anti-Slavery International and FORUM-ASIA.

13 November 2017

As the UN […]

IDSN Roadmap to the UNOHCHR Guidance tool on Descent-Based Discrimination

The Roadmap offers check boxes on actions within the four main areas covered in the tool: Learn, Involve, Support and Act. It summarises key concepts drawing on text excerpts from the UNOHCHR Guidance Tool […]

November 9th, 2017|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|

Dalit activists in Nepal take part in IDSN workshop on UN and EU advocacy

The workshop included an overview of the EU and its institutions by IDSN EU Adviser, Claire Ivers, specifically the different roles of the European Council, Council of the EU, European External Action Service (EEAS), […]

October 24th, 2017|European Union, Nepal, Political Participation, United Nations|