Consultation: Action on caste discrimination is crucial for meeting the Global Goals

The National Consultation “Localizing SDGs through Dalit perspectives” drew together over eighty delegates from 15 states in India, to discuss ways forward to address caste and gender discrimination vis a vis the UN Global Goals. The consultation took place in New Delhi on 28th of January.

IDSN participated in the consultation, organised by the National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights […]

Indian budget fails to deliver on allocations for the welfare of Dalits

The analysis highlights include:

  • There is a continuing denial of Scheduled Castes (Dalits) & Scheduled Tribes (Adivasis) allocation thereby violating Government’s own norms set by the Niti Aayog
  • There is a total Gap in allocation of Rs 1,22,998 Cr under SC budget and Rs 57,606 Cr. under ST Budget. Out of […]

IDSN takes part in a National Stakeholder Consultation on the UN UPR in Nepal

In 25 February the IDSN Membership Coordinator took part in the National Stakeholder Consultation on the UN UPR in Nepal, organised by IDSN members Dalit NGO Federation, Feminist Dalit Organization & Jagaran Media Centre together with IDSN Affiliate the Dalit Welfare Organisation  and over thirty other Dalit NGOs in Nepal. The Consultation highlighted the need to act on to […]

IDSN highlights rights violations against Dalits for the UN women’s committee review of Pakistan

IDSN submitted a report detailing the challenges faced by Dalit women and girls in Pakistan, for the review of the government’s report on compliance with the UN Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW review), which took place Tuesday 11th February.

An issue of major concern, highlighted in IDSN’s report, is that of […]

Press Release: European Parliament calls for an EU policy to address caste discrimination

January 16th 2020 — The International Dalit Solidarity Network (IDSN) welcomes the adoption of the European Parliament’s annual report on human rights and democracy in the world 2018 and the European Union’s policy on the matter.

The European Parliament’s report notes “with great concern the scale and consequences of caste hierarchies, caste-based discrimination and the perpetuation of caste-based human rights violations, […]

IDSN highlights caste-related labour issues at the Business and human rights forum 2019

IDSN set its mark on the UN Business and Human Rights Forum with a very popular stand, highlighting the links between caste and human rights violations in global supply chains and the IDSN Director gave a snapshot presentation on what Governments can do to start addressing these issues with businesses.

The IDSN stand was open for three days at the […]

Caste guidance launched at seminar on vulnerable workers in business supply chains

Human rights issues related to caste in global supply chains was a key theme at the seminar on vulnerable workers, held in Copenhagen on 12 November, organised by IDSN, the Danish Ethical Trading Initiative (DIEH) and the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) in the UK.

The room was packed and registration closed days before the event, due to a large […]

IMADR and IDSN joint workshop on strategies to tackle caste and gender discrimination held at Beijing +25 forum

Participants and presenters shared stories, ideas and strategies at the workshop Minority Women: 25 Years as Agents of Change Together, organised by IDSN and the International Movement Against All Forms of Discrimination and Racism (IMADR) at the Beijing+25 Regional CSO Forum in Bangkok, on 26 November. The presenters included Judith Anne Lal, from […]

IDSN participates in the ALNAP annual meeting on humanitarian action

IDSN was represented by Innasimuthu Pandiyan, from IDSN Associate the Social Awareness Society for Youths (SASY), at the Annual Meeting of ALNAP, a global network of NGOs, UN agencies, members of the Red Cross/Crescent Movement, donors, academics, and networks – dedicated to learning how to improve response to humanitarian crises.

The 32nd ALNAP Annual […]

Workshop on strategies to tackle caste and gender discrimination at Beijing +25 regional CSO Forum