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UN expert urges states to combat caste discrimination (IDSN News)
The UN Special Rapporteur on minority issues, Rita Izsák-Ndiaye, has chosen caste discrimination as the theme of her annual report to the UN Human Rights Council. The report has been welcomed by IDSN and Human Rights Watch.
Statement by Ramesh Nathan – UN Forum on Minority Issues 2015
Statement by Manjula Pradeep – UN Forum on Minority Issues 2015
UN Minority Forum: Dalit rights defenders deliver statements on shocking lack of justice for Dalits (IDSN News)
Three Dalit human rights defenders spoke at the UN Forum on Minority Issues. Durga Sob, from Nepal, and Manjula Pradeep and Ramesh Nathan from India, delivered strong statements on the dismal state of access to justice for Dalits and the mistreatment of Dalits in the criminal justice system.
Video: SR on Slavery on the role of UN in combatting intersection of caste and gender (OHCHR)
IDSN overview of UN references to caste-based slavery
WG on African Descent Member note caste-based discrimination at GA, March 20 2015
Keynote Speech delivered by Professor Verene Shepherd (Member of the Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent) at the UN General Assembly on the Occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
Violence and atrocities against Dalits debated at the UN Forum on Minority Issues
Dalit activists spoke at the UN Forum on Minority Issues to highlight the issue of violence against Dalits in South Asia and the lack of access to justice for victims. They also pointed to ways forward in redressing and preventing these crimes.
UN Special Rapporteur calls for new measures to fight violence against women
The Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, Ms. Rashida Manjoo called for the adoption of different norms and measures to fight violence against women around the world and a binding standard of accountability at the international level.
India called out at UN General Assembly for blocking IDSN’s UN consultative status
At the UN General Assembly meeting on the 28th October, The UN Special Rapporteur on the exercise of the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, Maina Kiai, criticised India for arbitrarily blocking the International Dalit Solidarity Network (IDSN) from obtaining UN consultative status calling it “clearly unacceptable, wrong and unfair.”
UN Special Rapporteur highlights unwarranted deferral of IDSN’s UN ECOSOC accreditation
The Report of the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association in the context of multilateral institutions, raises particular concern for the continuous unwarranted defferal of IDSN’s application for ECOSOC status.
UN experts increase focus on caste discrimination
In a recent Geneva meeting of UN Special Rapporteurs and civil society, caste-based discrimination was highlighted by the Rapporteurs as a key cross-cutting issue of concern.
Caste-based discrimination highlighted at the UN Human Rights Council – HRC27
The reports and statements of the new High Commissioner for Human Rights, Special Rapporteur on Slavery and Special Rapporteur on Water and Sanitation at the HRC27 session offered general, thematic as well as state specific observations and recommendations on caste-based discrimination.
Briefing note on Pakistan for the United Nations (IDSN & PDSN)
UN Racism Rapporteur highlights caste prejudice and discrimination in Mauritania
The Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intorlerance, M. Mutuma Ruteere, has made numerous references to caste in his report from his mission to Mauritania and in his Interactive Dialogue at the HRC26.
‘India not willing to accept failure in providing safety measures to women’ (The Hindu)
"Referring to India’s opening statement at CEDAW, senior advocate Vrinda Grover noted that “seriousness of engagement was lacking on many issues and basic understanding was lacking in responses”. By Sowmiya Ashok
IDSN recommendations to the OHCHR and UN Agencies to end caste-based discrimination and caste-based violence against women and girls (June 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
Report: UN HRC26 side-event on Caste-Based Violence Against Women The Role Of The Un In Combatting Caste-Based Violence And Discrimination
The side-event heard calls from top UN officials for a coherent and coordinated approach from the UN in tackling caste-based violence and discrimination, with a particular focus on women and girls. Ms. Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, expressed great concern for the issue of caste-based violence and discrimination. UN Women - Saraswathi Menon also spoke passionately against caste discrimination.
Cluster and analysis of issues and recommendations from UN institutions on Dalit women
2014 Cluster and analysis by IDSN.