Seminar on vulnerable workers in global supply chains focusing on caste – Copenhagen 12th November

The Danish Ethical Trading Initiative (DIEH) is hosting an international seminar on the challenges faced by marginalised groups, working under some of the most difficult conditions in global supply chains, discussing how addressing discrimination and injustice directly with suppliers can mitigate the risks of slavery and child labour in supply chains and ensure inclusive workplaces.

The seminar is from 1-4 pm […]

Caste discrimination raised at the UN Human Rights Council’s 42nd Session

During the Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Contemporary forms of Slavery, Minority Rights Group (MRG) and IDSN delivered a joint statement highlighting some features of slavery today that affect Dalits, in particular Dalit women.

The joint statement stated that “Dalits have limited access to […]

No more silence: Companies must address caste in their global supply chains

Press Release – Ethical Trading Initiative – UK

Remaining silent about caste discrimination in global supply chains is fueling modern slavery, child labour and the exploitation of workers in South Asia, according to new ETI Base Code guidance for companies published today.

Caste in global supply chains, which has been produced in […]

IDSN statements and recommendations at the UN Human Rights Council’s 42nd Session

IDSN has contributed to the UN Human Rights Council’s 42nd Session with two joint statements with Minority Rights Group International (MRG) on slavery and on safe drinking water and sanitation. IDSN also issued specific recommendations aimed at states and circulated by IDSN.

Read the MRG and IDSN statement in connection with the ID with the SR on contemporary forms […]

Norwegian Minister of Development voices support to end caste discrimination

The Minister stressed the importance of specifically addressing key SDGs as highlighted in IDSN’s new strategy including Sustainable Development Goals 1 (Poverty); 5 (Gender); 8 (Decent Work); 10 (Inequality); and 16 (Access to justice). The Minister will soon visit Nepal and IDSN will provide a briefing in advance of the visit […]

Coming up: IDSN to present at ALNAP 32nd Annual Meeting on priorities in humanitarian action

15-16 October
ALNAP 32nd Annual Meeting
‘Relevant for whom? Responding to diverse perspectives […]

Report: Dalits and Adivasis missing from mainstream Indian news media

Press Release by Oxfam-India:

Indian media is dominated by ‘upper’ castes and media organisations have failed to diversify their newsroom and news coverage, reveals a new report released by Oxfam India and Newslaundry.

The report ‘Who Tells Our Stories Matters: Representation of marginalised caste groups in Indian Newsrooms’ studies the representation of people from […]

Landless Dalits, hit hardest by disasters, are last to get relief

Cyclone Fani flattened the entire village of Talamala in Puri district when it made landfall on May 5, 2019. It wrecked homes and destroyed crops mostly cultivated by small farmers. But it inflicted the maximum damage on the lives of landless Dalit farm workers who now have no resources to rebuild their lives.

Read the full article covering this […]

1500 survivors of rape and sexual violence and their families sign a letter to the Supreme Court of India

Communication from IDSN member Jan Sahas: 

Rashtriya Garima Abhiyan, a survivor centric forum with more than 12,000 survivors of sexual violence and their families today submitted to the Supreme Court of India a letter expressing their gratitude for the suomoto public interest litigation initiated by the court on the rise in cases of child rape, corresponding lack of […]

Caste and Gender Justice event at the UN Human Rights Council

On 25 June 2019, IDSN International Associate IMADR, and others organised a side-event during the 41st Session of the Human Rights Council, on Dalit women and gender justice. The panel was composed of Dubravka Simonovic, the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, Renu Sijapati, General Secretary of the Feminist Dalit […]