The report covers key developments within IDSN’s United Nations, European Union, and communications work. In addition, it describes other key international developments, country situations in India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakistan and the activities of Dalit Solidarity Networks in Europe.
The highlights of the report include:
- More UN Treaty Bodies than ever address caste-based human rights violations in 2014.
- UN Special Rapporteurs commit to prioritise caste discrimination across mandates.
- Keynote speech by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights at IDSN co-organised UN side-event on caste-based discrimination and violence against women.
- UN top officials state concern on caste pointing at the emergence of a new norm.
- UN Special Rapporteur highlights the unjust deferral of IDSN’s ECOSOC application.
- Multiple country and global reports document caste related human rights violations.
- Caste discrimination increasingly mainstreamed into the work of UN agencies and the OHCHR; UN India country team set up a cross-agency task team on Dalits and Adivasis.
- Dalit women mobilise with national marches and with campaigns in Europe and the US.
- Dalits speak at the EU Human Rights Defenders Forum; EU Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy in the World notes caste discrimination.
- Asia Dalit Rights Forum co-hosts meeting of 32 parliamentarians from Pakistan, Bangladesh, India and Nepal with the Asian Parliamentarians Forum for Dalit Rights Concerns.
- Prime Minister’s office in Nepal holds seminar on caste discrimination
- IDSN adopts new strategy 2015-2018 and revised statutes