‘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.

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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 […]

OECD Watch report says revised OECD guidelines should specifically include caste

The report Get Fit: Closing gaps in the OECD Guidelines to make them fit for purpose stresses the need to address discrimination based on caste explicitly in the OECD Guidelines that are up for revision. IDSN is working with OECD Watch and ARISA (Advocating Rights in South Asia) to ensure that these revisions take note of the prevalence of caste in Multinational Enterprises.

Dalit activists highlight caste discrimination at the European Development Days 2021 IDSN stand

This year the European Development Days from 15 – 16 June 2021 brought together thousands of participants from around the world, all completely digitally. The theme, which was carried over from 2020, centred on ‘A green deal for a sustainable future’. This theme was expanded to include the effects of COVID-19 pandemic which has shown the interlinkages between human […]

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 […]