Join IDSN for the preview screening of ‘I am Belmaya’ – a Dalit woman’s transformative journey in Nepal

Please join IDSN for an exclusive online preview of the upcoming, award-winning feature documentary I Am Belmaya, with live Q&A on Thurs 7 Oct with director Sue Carpenter and co-director/subject Belmaya Nepali, hosted by IDSN.

Dalit women and girls targets of caste-based sexual violence

On a Sunday evening in early August, a nine-year old Dalit girl went to a crematorium across the street from her dwelling in the Indian capital Delhi to fetch cool drinking water. She never returned.

“At the crematorium, I found her lying on the ground. Her lips were blue, there was blood under her nose, she had bruises on her […]

IDSN issues recommendations from the 48th Session of the UN Human Rights Council

IDSN has issued key recommendations to the UN member states for the 48th Regular Session of the Human Rights Council (13 September – 8October 2021) .

In connection with their participation in the HRC48 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 […]

The EU calls on the UN NGO Committee to end “unjust” 10 year deferral of IDSN’s application

In a European Union Statement delivered by Mr. Christophe Forax, First Counsellor, at the 75th United Nations General Assembly Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations 2021 Resumed Session, the EU called for ending the unjust deferrals of applications for UN ECOSOC status, naming five organisations, including the International Dalit Solidarity Network (IDSN)

IDSN’s application for UN consultative status has been deferred […]

IDSN engages with the UN Human Rights Council 47th session on caste, women’s rights and the UPR of Nepal

IDSN issued recommendations to States, contributed to statements and observed and noted caste-relevant issues presented at the UN Human Rights Council 47th Session held in Geneva.

IDSN International Associate, The International Movement Against All Forms of Discrimination and Racism (IMADR) facilitated the oral statement “Dalit women in India and the socioeconomic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic” at the 47th session […]

‘Can justice be bought?’ seminar assesses Norway’s new Transparency Act and how stakeholders can address caste discrimination in supply chains.

The event was opened by Guro Almås, senior adviser in the Church Council / Interchurch Council, who addressed the possibilities for both national and international developments in business and human rights and stressed the importance of the Transparency Act, recently passed by the Norwegian parliament, which has been heralded as a ‘game changer’. Ms. Almås outlined how Norwegian companies […]

Addressing caste-hate speech in a global context: Brief and recommendations for UN and EU actors

India’s health inequality severely affects Dalits

Indian society is extremely unequal. Decent healthcare is a luxury mainly available to those who can afford it. The poor and marginalised, including Dalits, are much more likely to suffer from ill health than members of dominant castes and are particularly vulnerable to diseases and pandemics such as COVID-19.

“The rich […]

New Report: Dalits work in slavery-like conditions in India’s cotton seed production

The new report Seeds of Oppression by ARISA describes slavery-like conditions in Gujarat’s cotton sees industry. Workers, many Dalits, produce cotton seed, yet receive no wages and owe the landowner debts.

Read the full report from ARISA

Some key recommendations on […]

Champion of tribal (and Dalit) rights dies following imprisonment

Father Stan Swamy, 84, a courageous and dedicated campaigner for the rights of India’s indigenous Adivasi community, has died from Covid-19 complications. He had been imprisoned on terrorism charges since October 2020.

A powerful voice of the voiceless has been silenced. Father Stan Swamy, a Jesuit priest and activist who spent decades campaigning for the land, forest and labour […]