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 […]

Statement: Act now to end caste and gender based violence and discrimination in the garment industry

Statement by International Dalit Solidarity Network (IDSN) and Asia Floor Wage Alliance (AFWA) on 21 April 2021


International Dalit Solidarity Network (IDSN) and Asia Floor Wage Alliance (AFWA) echo the call by National Campaign on DalitHuman Rights (NCDHR) and Tamil Nadu Textile and Common Labour Union (TTCU) on garment […]

UN side-event highlights caste-hate speech

On 22 March 2021, IDSN International Associates the International Movement Against All Forms of Discrimination and Racism (IMADR), Minority Rights Group (MRG),  FORUM-ASIA and Human Rights Watch (HRW), organised the side-event during the 46th Session of the UN Human Rights Council.

The event discussed the various forms in which online caste-hate speech manifests, the gravity of such manifestations and […]

IDSN report on caste-hate speech launched

The report ‘Caste-hate speech: Addressing hate speech based on work and descent’ was launched today by the International Dalit Solidarity Network. The report examines caste-hate speech with a particular emphasis on digital media. It is based on extensive research and offers numerous real-life examples of caste-hate speech and its relation to caste-based hate crime.

Side-event: The Impact of Online Caste-Hate Speech

New book documents caste atrocities under Covid-19 lockdown in India

UN Special Rapporteur makes key recommendations on caste-hate speech in report on the UN Forum on Minority Issues

The Special Rapporteur on minority issues, Fernande de Varennes, has cited caste multiple times in his recent report to the UN Human Rights Council, in Paragraphs 35, 58, 67 and 84. These recommendations were derived from the thirteenth session on the UN Forum on Minority Issues.

The theme of the thirteenth session on the UN Minority Forum was ‘Hate speech, […]

UN UPR Review: Nepal receives 14 recommendations on addressing caste-based discrimination

During the 3rd Cycle of the UN Universal Periodic Review of Nepal, the country received at least 14 recommendations on caste, including education of Dalit girls, implementation of the legislation combatting caste based discrimination, inclusion in society, excessive use of force by the police and many others.

On the 21st January, Nepal was reviewed by other UN member states through […]

IDSN Recommendations for the UN Human Rights Council 46th Session

IDSN has issued and disseminated recommendations for the UN HRC46 – see the recommendations below and download a PDF version here.

Recommendations for the 46th Regular Session of the Human Rights Council (22 February – 23 March 2021) 

In connection with their participation in the 46th Human Rights Council session, states are encouraged to consider the ongoing […]