Invitation to the #DalitWomenFight side-event at the UN human rights council – 21 June

IDSN is supporting the side-event #DalitWomenFight against Caste-Based Violence taking place on 21 June in Geneva, in connection with the 38th session of the UN Human Rights Council. The side-event will explore and discuss aggravated caste-based violence faced by women and girls in India, often with little recourse to justice. Dalit women activists will present witness accounts of […]

UN rights chief references the unjust 10-year deferral of IDSN’s application for UN accreditation in his annual report to the UN Human Rights council

IDSN has issued a factsheet covering all the details of IDSN’s case, including over 80 questions received from India over the past 10 years and statements of UN experts addressing IDSN’s case.

In 2017, a UN side-event was held in New York, where prominent speakers addressed the fact that the NGO committee was not fulfilling its mandate and […]

The need to address caste-based violence highlighted in international annual human rights reports

Failure of state authorities to protect the rights of Dalits

In the India chapter of the Amnesty International 2018 report it is noted that,

“Adivasi communities continue to be displaced by industrial projects, and hate crimes against Dalits remain widespread.” Amnesty International

The Nepal chapter of the same report highlight the disproportionate affect on ´Dalits, and other caste-based and ethnic minorities´ in the […]

Dalit rights inadequately addressed at the UN rights review of Bangladesh

The recommendation stating that the state must “Step up efforts in order for indigenous peoples, especially the jumma as well as the dalit fully enjoy their human rights,” was issued by Peru, but not accepted by Bangladesh.

On a positive note, a number of recommendations that relate indirectly to Dalit rights were accepted and many of them related directly to […]

UN anti-racism committee issues strong recommendations on fighting caste discrimination in Nepal

The Concluding Observations of the May 2018 review of Nepal, by the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), include dozens of remarks relating to caste-based discrimination and several strongly worded recommendations on fighting it.

The concerns raised by the Committee include the lack of adequate implementation of the laws prohibiting caste-based discrimination, caste-based slavery, […]

Report: Dalit men, women and children enslaved in India’s brick making industry

A new report by Anti-Slavery International documents widespread slavery in India’s brick making industry and finds that the majority of workers are Dalits. Whole families, including small children, work 9-12 hour days in debt-bondage with little recourse to justice. The report finds that discrimination and exclusion, along with the way brick kiln moulders are recruited and paid, underpins the […]

Dalit women in India march for justice and access to health and education

You can follow social media updates on the Yatra via @dalitwomenfight both on FaceBook and Twitter.

AIDMAM have also issued the following press release with more details on the Yatra:

April 22, 2018 Jaipur

All India Dalit Mahila Adhikar Manch, is organising a 10-day Dalit-Adivasi Mahila Swabhiman Yatra scheduled on April 23 – May 2nd. 

What […]

Dalits protest Supreme Court ruling diluting legislation meant to protect them

IDSN is greatly concerned over the rulings weakening of the SC/ST Act, meant to protect victims of caste atrocities, and strongly condemns any use of force against peaceful protesters. The ruling makes it possible to release the accused on anticipatory bail, which the SC/ST Act specifies should not be possible because the accused may use their social caste dominance […]

Halt the Hate – Amnesty campaigns to document hate crimes in India

In the press release on the launch of the tool Amnesty India writes:

Over 200 alleged hate crimes in 2017 in India, reveals ‘Halt the hate’ website

In 2017, an alarming number of alleged hate crimes – including assault, rape and murder – were reported against people from marginalized groups, especially Dalits and Muslims, said Amnesty International India today, as […]

UN review of Bangladesh highlights the need to ensure non-discrimination of Dalits

Concerns were raised at the review over the narrowing space for civil society, actions undertaken or planned to ensure non-discrimination of Dalits, special measures for minority groups in areas of employment, health and education, and the status of the Anti-discrimination bill.

The Committee also asked why reservation quota for Dalits was depended on the adoption of the Anti-discrimination Bill, suggested […]