A cross-party group of prominent Members of the European Parliament has sent an open letter to the President of the European Council, the President of the European Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, calling on them to address caste discrimination directly at the October EU-India Summit.
A report released by the India Committee on the Netherlands finds that workers in India’s leather industry suffer serious labour and human rights violations. Most of the 2,5 million leather workers are found to be Dalits and Muslims, exploited due to their marginalised status. India supplies leather to huge global brands.
In a statement on World NGO Day the EU reiterates its commitment to protecting space for civil society and human rights defenders. This is particularly relevant in relation to organisations and defenders working to fight caste discrimination as they are increasingly facing threats and sanctions.
In its 2016 Report on the “Annual Report on human rights and democracy in the world and the European Union’s policy on the matter” the European Parliament (EP) raises deep concern over grave violations of Dalit human rights. The report calls for an EU policy development on caste discrimination.
A cross-party group of Members of the European Parliament have asked the EU’s foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, to ensure that EU action to address caste discrimination is prioritised at the highest levels.
Print The third week of March 2016 was an eventful one for IDSN. The network’s highest body assembled in Geneva, the UN Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues presented a ground-breaking report on caste discrimination, and IDSN members met a number of high-ranking UN officials.
On the eve of today’s EU-India Summit, Human Rights Watch has written a letter to the EU addressing numerous key human rights issues. These include the failure of the Indian government to protect the country’s Dalit population.
The European Instrument for Democary and Human Rights has released a call for proposals where particularly LOT 1 - To Support Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) organisations working at grassroots level could be relevant for Dalit rights organisations to apply for.You will find all information necessary to apply in the Guidelines for Applicants. The deadline for Concept Note application is set on 1/10/2015.
European Parliament urgency resolution on the situation in Nepal raising concern for caste discrimination.
On 16 June, IDSN was invited for an exchange with the EU Human Rights Working Group (COHOM) in the Council of the EU and the European External Action Service
The Annual Action Plan 2015 for the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) has integrated the rights of persons affected by caste based discrimination as a cross-cutting concern. It makes specific mention of persons affected by caste discrimination in action documents on support to civil society, in its actions to support protection and promotion of human rights, human rights defenders, universities for human rights and democracy postgraduate education and in supporting key international actors – the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.
As they work to find common ground, we urge all parties to ensure that the new Constitution also protects and extends fundamental human rights and freedoms to all its citizens (including equal access to citizenship rights for all Nepali children), without discrimination of any kind, including by caste...
The report includes key references to caste-based discrimination in the chapters on India, Nepal and Pakistan. References on caste-discrimination in humanitarian aid, caste-based violence, Dalit women, Dalit human rights defenders and Dalit religious minorities are included.