IDSN Participates at UN Global Consultation on Business and Human Rights

Henri Tiphange, member of the IDSN board, represented IDSN in the Global Consultation on National Human Rights Institutions and access to remedy (Project on the Role of NHRIs in facilitating access to remedy for business-related human rights abuses), on the 10 and 11 October. This consultation is part of an ongoing project of the Office of the High […]

Dalit women producing leather footwear for global brands suffer serious labour rights abuses

A new report by Homeworkers Worldwide finds Dalit women working in global leather supply chains being subjected to discrimination, insecure work, low wages and labour rights abuses, including sexual harassment.

The report, Due diligence in Tamil Nadu leather footwear manufacture, identifies caste and gender discrimination as one of the root causes of worker vulnerability and rights abuses in […]

Caste discrimination raised at the UN Human Rights Council’s 42nd Session

During the Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Contemporary forms of Slavery, Minority Rights Group (MRG) and IDSN delivered a joint statement highlighting some features of slavery today that affect Dalits, in particular Dalit women.

The joint statement stated that “Dalits have limited access to […]

No more silence: Companies must address caste in their global supply chains

Press Release – Ethical Trading Initiative – UK

Remaining silent about caste discrimination in global supply chains is fueling modern slavery, child labour and the exploitation of workers in South Asia, according to new ETI Base Code guidance for companies published today.

Caste in global supply chains, which has been produced in […]

IDSN statements and recommendations at the UN Human Rights Council’s 42nd Session

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.

Read the MRG and IDSN statement in connection with the ID with the SR on contemporary forms […]

Norwegian Minister of Development voices support to end caste discrimination

The Minister stressed the importance of specifically addressing key SDGs as highlighted in IDSN’s new strategy including Sustainable Development Goals 1 (Poverty); 5 (Gender); 8 (Decent Work); 10 (Inequality); and 16 (Access to justice). The Minister will soon visit Nepal and IDSN will provide a briefing in advance of the visit […]

Report: Dalits and Adivasis missing from mainstream Indian news media

Press Release by Oxfam-India:

Indian media is dominated by ‘upper’ castes and media organisations have failed to diversify their newsroom and news coverage, reveals a new report released by Oxfam India and Newslaundry.

The report ‘Who Tells Our Stories Matters: Representation of marginalised caste groups in Indian Newsrooms’ studies the representation of people from […]

1500 survivors of rape and sexual violence and their families sign a letter to the Supreme Court of India

Communication from IDSN member Jan Sahas: 

Rashtriya Garima Abhiyan, a survivor centric forum with more than 12,000 survivors of sexual violence and their families today submitted to the Supreme Court of India a letter expressing their gratitude for the suomoto public interest litigation initiated by the court on the rise in cases of child rape, corresponding lack of […]

Caste and Gender Justice event at the UN Human Rights Council

On 25 June 2019, IDSN International Associate IMADR, and others organised a side-event during the 41st Session of the Human Rights Council, on Dalit women and gender justice. The panel was composed of Dubravka Simonovic, the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, Renu Sijapati, General Secretary of the Feminist Dalit […]

#NoCasteLeftBehind at the European Development Days

The European Development Days 2019 brought together over eight thousand participants from all over the world to discuss the theme Addressing inequalities: Building a world which leaves no one behind. At the IDSN #NoCasteLeftBehind stand participants could meet and speak to Dalit human rights defenders and learn more about how to take action to fight caste discrimination and ensure […]