Caste, gender justice and the right to freedom of opinion and expression – IDSN UN submission

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Contribution from the International Dalit Solidarity Network – IDSN to the UNGA76 report on Gender Justice and the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression by the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of freedom of opinion and expression.

“Today, we are not here to speak about our plight, We are also agents of change”

Ruth Manorama, […]

Forced Conversions and Forced Marriages – The Case of Pakistan (IDSN Submission)

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IDSN Submission to the UN Special Rapporteur report on SDGs

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UN Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues

Minorities, Equal Participation, Social and Economic Development, and the 2030 Agenda for SustainableDevelopment 

Submission from the International Dalit Solidarity Network (IDSN) – June 2021


Many of the 17 goals are highly relevant to the hundred millions of people who suffer caste […]

IDSN Recommendations for the 47th Session of the UN Human Rights Council

Recommendations for the 47th Regular Session of the Human Rights Council (21 June – 15 July 2021)

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In connection with their participation in the 47th Human Rights Council 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 over 260 […]

New report: Dalit women working under “deplorable conditions” in Indian spinning mills, supplying global brands

“Based on our research, we conclude that the living and working conditions in the textile industry in Tamil Nadu are deplorable. In the worst case, this amounts to forced labour. Buying companies must take measures to prevent forced labour from occurring in their supply chains, and take account of the […]

New report: Dalit Women Rise for Justice – Status Report 2021 released by AIDMAM-NCDHR

The Status Report is a compilation of AIDMAM’s efforts in assisting Dalit women through monitoring and advocacy with the police and administration in cases of caste and gender based violence in all operational states. It also discusses various factors affecting the status of Dalit women like weak socio-economic and political […]

Dalit activist speaks out on caste and gender discrimination at Europe Day in Nepal

“Dalit women are not only objects of pity and development handouts, they should be treated as genuine collaborators,” said Sarita Pariyar, writer, social activist and Board member of the Samata Foundation, speaking at Europe Day 2021 in Nepal – organised by the EU delegation to Nepal.

Ms. Pariyar spoke about the rise of violence against Dalit women in Nepal, caste […]

International Dalit Journalist Network launched

A global network of Dalit journalists from across the world was launched on the 25 April to address the need to ensure better representation of Dalit voices in the mediascapes of countries where caste discrimination occurs.

The International Dalit Journalist Network (IDJN) elected Rem Bishwokarma of IDSN member organisation, Jagaran Media Centre, as General Secretary.

IDSN Annual Report 2020-21

The IDSN Annual Report 2020-21 covers key developments and activities within IDSN’s work under the thematic areas Dalit women and gender justice, business and human rights and equality and participation. The report can be downloaded here.

The highlights of the report include:

  • Caste-hate speech raised by IDSN at the 2020 UN […]

EU: Prioritize Rights at India Summit


Provide Essential Medical Supplies; Urge India to Free Rights Defenders, Address Abuses

(Brussels, May 3, 2021) – European leaders at the  May 8, 2021 summit with their Indian counterparts should prioritize the deteriorating human rights situation in India, including the right to health, eight organizations said today.

With a devastating Covid-19 crisis affecting the country, Europe should […]