IDSN recommends UN member states to raise the issue of caste and Covid-19, adequate housing, violence and discrimination against women, and business and human rights – in connection with the 14th Session of the UN Human Rights Council.
For the preparation of the report, consultations and discussions have been held with more than 223 Dalit civil society organizations and other human rights organizations in Nepal. The report has been prepared consulting with various stakeholders, concerned members, experts/specialists at state government and Prime Minister's office, concerned ministries, parliamentary committees, honorable members of parliament, Dalit commission, women commission among others, Dalit people's organizations, civil society, human rights activists and Dalit civil society's heads and representatives and journalists.
In connection with their participation in the 45th Human Rights Council session, states are encouraged to consider the ongoing and systemic practice of discrimination based on work and descent, also known as caste-based discrimination, affecting more than 260 million people globally.
IDSN has contributed to the UN Human Rights Council’s 42nd Session with two joint statements with Minority Rights Group International (MRG) on slavery and on safe drinking water and sanitation. IDSN also issued specific recommendations aimed at states and circulated by IDSN.
IDSN recommendations HRC 2018 March session
In the context of the reports being presented at the 36th UN Human Rights Council session (11– 29 September 2017), IDSN is urging states to pay particular attention to caste-based discrimination being included on a par with other forms of discrimination. Especially in thematic HRC resolutions on rights to safe drinking water and sanitation, contemporary forms of slavery as well as discussions of UPR reports on India and the UK. Read the full IDSN HRC36 recommendations here
IDSN have in February 2014 issued: Recommendations on the issue of caste discrimination to the UN Human Rights Council 28th Session (March 2015) and Information on Dalit women in relation to the 59th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (March 2015)
IDSN recommendations on agenda items of relevance to be considered at the 27th session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) (8-26 September 2014)
IDSN recommendations to the OHCHR and UN Agencies to end caste-based discrimination and caste-based violence against women and girls presented at a side-event on 17 June at the 26th Session of the Human Rights Council
Opinion Piece "Tearing down the walls of caste" issued by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Madam Navi Pillay, in October 2009