Caste discrimination is one of the biggest human rights violations facing the international community today; both in terms of the numbers affected and the severity of the human rights violations caused by this form of discrimination. IDSN therefore works for the promotion and protection of Dalit human rights through the UN human rights framework.

UN mechanisms

The UN human rights bodies have addressed the issue of caste discrimination in several reviews of caste-affected countries and relevant thematic UN studies, as documented by IDSN. Find more information on the links below:

Country information

IDSN facilitates the submission of shadow reports and supports joint NGO statements to several UN human rights bodies. Below is a list of relevant publications, statements, reports and resolutions prepared in relation to different countries:


IDSN has created an extensive database on caste-based discrimination.

Find all documents related to UN and caste in IDSN’s database

Link to UN-related news in IDSN’s database

Read about the United Nations in our Annual Reports

UN Chapter of the IDSN Annual Report 2017

UN & EU chapter Annual Report 2016
UN – Annual Report 2015
UN – Annual report 2014
UN – Annual report 2013
UN – Annual report 2012
UN – Annual report 2011
UN – Annual report 2010
UN – Annual report 2009
UN – Annual report 2008

Documentation links

Documentation on UN and caste

Find a full collection of documentation links on UN and caste