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IDSN Annual Report 2017-18
The report covers key developments and activities within IDSN’s United Nations, European Union, and communications and networking work. The report can be downloaded from our website on http://www.idsn.org/ar2017.
The highlights of the report include:
The UN OHCHR launched a guidance tool addressing caste-based discrimination and IDSN publishes a roadmap to the new tool
The UPRs of India and Pakistan yielded several recommendations on caste-based discrimination
Treaty body reviews of Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka included recommendations on caste discrimination
Young Dalit women speak out at the UN Forum on Minority Issues
Reports and statements from Special Rapporteurs include references to caste-based discrimination
Dalit activists take part in IDSN’s workshop on UN and EU advocacy in Nepal
MEPs send an open letter on caste discrimination ahead of the EU-India summit
EU’s Annual Report, and the European Parliament’s Annual Report, on human rights highlight concern over caste discrimination
Dalit activists take part in the EU NGO forum
IDSN  annualreport  2017  2018  publication  UN  EU 
may 2018 by idsn
Education, economic empowerment and capacity building for Dalit women in Nepal
Learn about the work of IDSN member the Feminist Dalit Organisation (FEDO) to promote education and economic empowerment of Dalit women in their October-December e-bulletin.
FEDO  Nepal  2017  women  dalitwomen 
may 2018 by idsn
Dalit Women Speak Out conference – forming a collective for resistance
The December 2017 Dalit Women Speak Out conference in Pune, India, was a celebration of Dalit women power and resistance and a platform from which to map out new strategies and strengthen the collective force. The conference presented an open and free space for over 400 Dalit women from across India to speak their mind and discuss how best to progress with a collective resistance to caste and gender oppression.
2017  dalitwomen  women  dalitwomenfight  caste  india  aidmam  idsn  idsnnews 
may 2018 by idsn
Campaign and new report highlight caste discrimination in schools - International Dalit Solidarity Network
Dalit children being made to sit and eat separately from other children, being beaten, abused and forced to do humiliating tasks, form part of the cases uncovered during the ‘Zero Discrimination in School Education’ campaign in India. These cases are highlighted in the report ‘Exclusion in Schools – A Study on Practice of Discrimination and Violence’ by the National Dalit Movement for Justice (NDMJ-NCDHR) and the Centre for Social Equity and Inclusion.
education  children  india  caste  dalit  discrimination  2017  idsnnews  ncdhr  ndmj 
march 2018 by idsn
Video: We can't address sanitation without talking caste, say Bezwada Wilson and Beena Pallical
Bezwada Wilson from the organization SKA, which fights to liberate manual scavengers, and Beena Pallical, from the National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights, explain why the Government flagship sanitation drive is failing when it neglects to address the role of caste and manual scavenging.
manualscavenging  2017  IDSN  video  India 
january 2018 by idsn
Nepal story: I am a strong woman now and I am changing my community for the better
Mayawati was illiterate for much of her life. As a Dalit woman, she faced discrimination and was not made to feel equal. With support from the Feminist Dalit Organization (FEDO), Mayawati joined a women-led group and completed training courses. This helped her to realise how important her voice is.
2017  nepal  dalitwomenfight  women  dalit  dalitwomen  FEDO 
january 2018 by idsn
Amnesty International: Dalit human rights defenders face serious risk
A new report released by Amnesty International paints a grim picture of the situation for human rights defenders across the globe who face death, persecution and harassment for carrying out human rights work. The report raises particular concern for Dalit human rights defenders in India.

“In India, those advocating for the rights of ethnic and religious minorities and against caste-based discrimination are at ongoing risk of attack. The groups facing most abuses are Dalits (members of the lower castes) and Adivasis (members of Indigenous and tribal groups),” the report states.
2017  IDSN  idsnnews  India  ingo  amnesty 
january 2018 by idsn
Dalit human rights defenders take part in the EU-NGO Rights Forum
The EU-NGO Human Rights Forum took place in Brussels from 5-6 December with the participation of Dalit human rights defenders, who formed part of an IDSN delegation to the forum. The theme of the forum was “Human rights under threat: Exploring new approaches in a challenging global context.”

Dalit defenders participated in discussions on how to move forward and how to ensure more action to fight caste discrimination, also at the EU level. Among recommendations to take forward were the need for the EU to ensure that caste discrimination is addressed in all bilateral dealings with caste-affected countries and for EU member states to raise the issue of caste-related human rights violations at the United Nations. Ankita, representing the Feminist Dalit Organisation – Nepal, also discussed the multiple discrimination faced by Dalit women in caste-affected countries and continued discrimination in Nepal.
idsnnews  idsn  2017  EU  ingo  hrdn  eu_commission  eeas 
january 2018 by idsn
Young Dalit activists speak out at the UN Minority Forum on youth and inclusion
Young Dalit activists played an active role at the 2017 Forum on Minority Issues, which took place in Geneva from 30 November to 1 December. Dalit women from Nepal and India, forming part of an IDSN delegation, gave powerful presentations under the theme of Minority youth: towards diverse and inclusive societies. They explained to participants how deeply ingrained caste-based discrimination continues to pose severe obstacles to equal participation in most aspects of life and how social media offers both new opportunities for change and new challenges.
UN  minority_forum  minorities  idsnnews  2017  Nepal  India  sr_minorities  specialprocedures  special_rapporteurs 
january 2018 by idsn
Conference brings together hundreds of Dalit women to speak out and transform their future - IDSN News
The #dalitwomenspeakout conference takes place in Pune, India, on the 19-20 December and is aimed at facilitating Dalit women activism and offering a space for solidarity and collaboration between Dalit women. The main aim of the conference is to offer an unmediated space for Dalit women to discuss, learn and form a collective platform to transform their future. The conference is co-organised by the national platform for Dalit women AIDMAM (NCDHR) and the Krantijyoti Savitribai Phule Women’s Studies Centre. IDSN will also be represented at the conference. The organisers have launched a website with more information about the conference.
IDSN  2017  Dalit  Caste  India  women  womenkey  conference  dalitwomenfight 
december 2017 by idsn
EU High Representative Mogherini responds to joint MEP letter on caste discrimination 2017
High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, Frederica Mogherini, responds to the letter from Members of the European Parliament regarding EU action to fight caste-based discrimination.
EU  ep  eu_parliament  eeas  2017  response  letter  key  eukey 
december 2017 by idsn
Conference brings together hundreds of Dalit women to speak out and transform their future
The #dalitwomenspeakout conference takes place in Pune, India, on the 19-20 December and is aimed at facilitating Dalit women activism and offering a space for solidarity and collaboration between Dalit women. The main aim of the conference is to offer an unmediated space for Dalit women to discuss, learn and form a collective platform to transform their future. The conference is co-organised by the national platform for Dalit women AIDMAM (NCDHR) and the Krantijyoti Savitribai Phule Women’s Studies Centre. The organisers have launched a website with more information about the conference.
Dalit  dalitwomenfight  dalitwomen  women  2017  conference  india 
december 2017 by idsn
Urgent Appeal for Action - Death threats and withdrawal of police protection for a Dalit human rights activist
The HRDA-India, a forum for the protection of human rights defenders, has issued an urgent appeal for action to protect Dalit human rights defender Mr. Rajat Kalsan. Mr Kalsan is working to help Dalits gain justice and protection from abuses as a lawyer and activist in Haryana state. He has worked on gang-rape cases and cases of attack and arson committed by dominant castes against Dalits and a host of other cases involving serious violations of human rights. The appeal states that due to this work, dominant caste leaders are colluding with local police to file false charges against Mr. Rajat and cause him serious harm.
hrdefenders  hr_defenders  2017  india  justice  atrocities  idsn  news  idsnnews 
december 2017 by idsn
Urgent Appeal for Action – Dalit Professor in need of immediate protection
Human Rights Defenders Alert – India (HRDA) has issued an urgent appeal for the protection of Professor Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd – a political analyst, human rights activist and one of India’s most prominent Dalit thinkers and Director of the Centre for the Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy. Prof. Shepherd was allegedly attempted killed in his car, has been physically attacked and is receiving death threats, but has been offered no police protection.
india  2017  caste  hrdefenders  shrinkingspace  idsn  news  idsnnews  justice 
december 2017 by idsn
Statement at Japan UN rights review highlights violation of the right to privacy of the Buraku
In its statement for the pre-session of the UN Universal Periodic Review of Japan the International Movement Against All Forms of Discrimination and Racism (IMADR) highlights the violation of the right to privacy for the Buraku people, who suffer caste-based discrimination.
IMADR  japan  2017  buraku  caste  discrimination 
december 2017 by idsn
UN Expert criticizes India’s sanitation drive for exacerbating manual scavenging
The UN Expert on Water and Sanitation, Léo Heller, has stated that the failure to end the practice of manual scavenging in India coupled with the construction of more non-flush toilets, is contributing to an increase in the discriminatory practice of manual scavenging, where the lowest castes are made to undertake the duty of cleaning excrements from non-flush toilets by hand. The statement forms part of Mr. Heller’s official statement on his November 2017 mission in India.
manualscavenging  2017  idsnnews  idsn  news  un  sr_water  specialprocedures  special_rapporteurs  water_sanitation  India  indiakey 
december 2017 by idsn
Joint statement - Pakistan must act immediately to protect Dalits against forced disappearances, slavery and discrimination
Joint statement by the International Dalit Solidarity Network, Pakistan Dalit Solidarity Network, International Movement Against All Forms of Racism and Discrimination (IMADR), Minority Rights Group International, Anti-Slavery International and FORUM-ASIA.

As the UN review Pakistan’s human rights record on 13 November, we urge the Government to commit with time bound action plans to end ongoing serious human rights violations against Dalits in Pakistan. Despite general commitments made to this effect at previous UN UPR reviews of Pakistan these have not been implemented and violations such as bonded labour, forced conversions and disappearances, murder and persecution of Dalit rights defenders continue unabated. As a newly elected member of the UN Human Rights Council, Pakistan must ensure that commitments to protect the rights of Dalits are urgently and duly implemented.
statement  IDSN  2017  idsnnews  idsnpressrelease  news  joint  imadr  antislavery  mrg  forumasia  Pakistan  key  pakistankey  UN  UPR  slavery  women 
december 2017 by idsn
“Everyone Blames Me” – new report on barriers to justice for sexual assault survivors in India
Survivors of rape and other forms of sexual assault in India face severe barriers to justice and are not receiving the support that the State are obligated to offer them, finds a new report by Human Rights Watch. The report raises particular concern for ‘low caste’ survivors and other marginalised groups.
HRW  2017  report  idsn  news  idsnnews  dalitwomenfight  women  dalit  caste  sexual_violence  justice  justicekey  womenkey  India  indiakey  ingo 
december 2017 by idsn
UNOHCHR Guidance Tool on Descent-Based Discrimination
UNOHCHR Guidance Tool on Descent-Based Discrimination: Key Challenges and Strategic Approaches to Combat Caste-Based and Analogous Forms of Discrimination. Published by the United Nations Network in Racial Discrimination.
ungt  UN  2017  ohchr 
november 2017 by idsn
Dalit women and political representation in Nepal (Video, FEDO, 2017)
Inspiring video from Feminist Dalit Organization – FEDO, Nepal about Dalit women and political representation in Nepal. Meet som of the fantastic women putting Dalit rights on the political agenda in Nepal and working together across party lines to create a better future.
video  fedo  dalit  caste  2017  dalitwomen  dalitwomenfight  women  key  Nepal  political_participation  politics 
october 2017 by idsn
MEPs call on EU Presidents to address caste discrimination at the EU-India summit - International Dalit Solidarity Network
A cross-party group of prominent Members of the European Parliament has sent an open letter to the President of the European Council, the President of the European Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, calling on them to address caste discrimination directly at the October EU-India Summit.
EU  eu_parliament  ep  2017  idsn  news  idsnnews  openletter  India  eu_council  eu_commission  eukey  key 
october 2017 by idsn
India 3rd cycle UPR recommendations, 4 May 2017
13 states mentioned caste and/ or Dalits, resulting in 13 targeted recommendations
9 targeted recommendation (on caste and Dalits) out of 13 were accepted.
India  UPR  2017  UN  recommendations 
october 2017 by idsn
The Government of India’s responses to caste-specific UPR recommendations IDSN briefing note (October 2017)
In response to the 250 recommendations, which India received during its third review of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) mechanism of the Human Rights Council on 4 May 2017, the Government of India (GoI) accepted nine recommendations related to caste-based discrimination.i The accepted
recommendations, were made by a cross-regional group of states: USA, Peru, Argentina, France, Germany, Mexico, Kyrgyzstan, and two from the Holy See (see the recommendations in the document).
upr  recommendations  2017  UN  india  IDSN 
october 2017 by idsn
UN HRC 36th Session - IDSN comments and recommendations
In the context of the reports being presented at the 36th UN Human Rights Council session (11– 29 September 2017), IDSN is urging states to pay particular attention to caste-based discrimination being included on a par with other forms of discrimination. Especially in thematic HRC resolutions on rights to safe drinking water and sanitation, contemporary forms of slavery as well as discussions of UPR reports on India and the UK.
Read the full IDSN HRC36 recommendations here
IDSN  recommendations  UN  HRC  HRC36  2017 
october 2017 by idsn
Dalit women in Nepal enter local government in record numbers (IDSN News)
When a record number of Dalit women now take their seat in local Government across the country it is indeed a dream come true. IDSN members in Nepal have been working for decades to increase the political participation of Dalit women, resulting in the 2017 Local Level Election Act stipulating that at least one of the four members of each Ward Committee should be a woman from the Dalit community. As a result of this over 7000 Dalit women stood for election and thousands will be set to take their seat in local Government this autumn.
2017  news  idsn  idsnnews  nepal  political_participation  dalit  caste  women  dalitwomen  dalitwomenfight 
october 2017 by idsn
Dalit flood victims need food, water and medicine (IDSN News)
Following the devastating floods in South Asia serious concern for Dalit communities affected by the disaster is being reported. IDSN’s members are on the ground responding and monitoring the situation as it unfolds. Nepal, Bangladesh and India have experienced severe flooding over the past weeks and many Dalit communities are hard hit. In this article we will share some of the reports we have received from members in Nepal. We will be following up on this once more reports have come in from the rest of the region.
2017  news  idsn  idsnnews  nepal  humanitarian  disaster_relief  caste  dalit 
october 2017 by idsn
UPR of Pakistan - Factsheet and recommendations - PDSN and IDSN
Factsheet for the UPR of Pakistan
(28th session, 13 November 2017)
IDSN  pdsn  2017  upr  pakistan  submission  report  UN 
october 2017 by idsn
Joint UPR Submission Pakistan 2017 – IDSN and PDSN
Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Pakistan 2017 - Discrimination against Dalits in Pakistan
UN  upr  pakistan  2017  pdsn  idsn  report  submission 
october 2017 by idsn
Rights defenders: legislation meant to stop caste atrocities is failing (IDSN News)
Dalit and Adivasi Civil Society Organisations, Human Rights Defenders from across India met in New Delhi to discuss the status of implementation of India’s legislation to prevent atrocities against Dalits and Adivasis. There was widespread dissatisfaction among participants that key elements of the legislation were not being implemented, and a call was made asking for action to be taken by the authorities in charge.
IDSN  idsnnews  news  2017  india  legislation  justice  justicekey  caste  dalit 
september 2017 by idsn
UK caste consultation extended after pressure from human rights defenders (IDSN News)
The UK’s Indian Diaspora community are going head to head as the Government’s consultation on caste discrimination legislation is extended. In several media reports groups that are pro and anti the introduction of legislation against caste discrimination in the UK, are arguing about the impact of such a move.
IDSN  idsnnews  news  2017  diaspora  UK  caste  justice 
september 2017 by idsn
Dignity Of Labour: Manual Scavengers Of Madhya Pradesh's Mandsaur Turn Entrepreneurs
Special feature by NDTV we meet some of the Dalit women that IDSN member Jansahas have supported to break out of the dangerous and humiliating practice of manual scavenging. See the video report here.
video  jansahas  manualscavenging  2017  India 
september 2017 by idsn
Rights defenders: 27 manual scavengers die in one month - Government must act now (IDSN News)
Rights defenders in India are calling on the Indian Government to outline a concrete action plan within one month to end the dangerous and demeaning practice of manual scavenging. The call comes following the death of 27 manual scavengers in India within the span of one month, outlined in a press release by rights NGO Safai Karmchari Andolan (SKA).
2017  IDSN  idsnnews  news  hrdefenders  hr_defenders  manualscavenging  India  slavery  SKA  Jansahas 
september 2017 by idsn
Concerns of Dalit women in the High Level Political Forum 2017 on SDGs (Publication, Nepal)
This paper, compiled by the Feminist Dalit Organization (FEDO)
of Nepal in consultation with Dalit women’s groups, seeks to inform
the international community on the occasion of the High Level
Political Forum on the SDGs 2017. It lays out the situation for
Dalit women in Nepal, including the protections, the achievements
and the challenges, and makes recommendations to governments
and donors on the implementation of the gender provisions of the
SDGs, to ensure that Dalit women’s rights are achieved and that
no-one is left behind.
sdgs  FEDO  nepal  2017  women  Dalit  dalitwomenfight  dalitwomen  UN 
september 2017 by idsn
SDGs in action: Dalit women in Nepal (IDSN news)
In connection with their participation at the High Level Political Forum on the Sustainable Development Goals in New York, IDSN member in Nepal, FEDO, has produced a valuable briefing paper on the Sustainable Development Goals and how they are directly related to the situation of Dalits, and in particular of Dalit women. The paper offers key insight into the relevance of the SDGs and their implication at the national and local level.
IDSN  idsnnews  news  publication  nepal  dalitwomenfight  women  2017  political_participation  politics  dalit  caste  sdgs  UN  FEDO 
september 2017 by idsn
India cuts off funding to IDSN member for reporting to UN Experts (IDSN News)
IDSN member People’s Watch is fighting a legal battle in the Indian courts to regain their foreign funding license, first revoked by the Indian Government in 2012. The organisation, a program unit of the Centre for Promotion of Social Concerns [CPSC], has been charged by the Ministry of Home Affairs with “using foreign contributions to the detriment of India’s image.” The loss of the license to receive foreign funding (FCRA) has completely crippled the organisation, which has for over a decade been protecting and upholding the rights of the most disadvantaged groups in India.
IDSN  idsnnews  2017  news  hrdefenders  hr_defenders  india  justice 
september 2017 by idsn
No end in sight to plight of Dalit flood victims (case, Nepal, 2017)
Children in Dalit settlements of Bishnupur Rural Municipality in Saptari are in dire need of relief materials, as they have lost their houses along with clothes and food grains in the recent floods in the district.

The hapless children, along with their parents, have been taking shelter in makeshift tents on the roadside. They are just surviving on food items such as noodles, biscuits, and beaten rice provided by different organisations.
Nepal  2017  case  jmc  nndswo  children  dalitchildren  humanitarian 
august 2017 by idsn
My ambition is to be a political leader (FEDO, case, 2017, Nepal)
Pabitra Bishwokarma is the President of the Feminist Dalit Organisation (FEDO) in the Makhanpur District of Nepal.
“I was forced to get married when I was only 14. My husband was 11 years older than me and we had never met.  I wanted to continue at school, but my parents insisted that I marry.  So I tried to poison myself.  But I still had to get married.
“I heard FEDO interviewed on the radio and was interested in what they said about Dalit women’s rights.  After I became District President I realised that I needed to be more educated so that I could motivate and help other women.
“My ambition is to be a political leader and a role model for the Dalit community.  In the past Dalit women have been used by political parties, but, thanks to FEDO, we now have bargaining power.
FEDO  Nepal  2017  caste  dalit  women  dalitwomen  dalitwomenfight  case 
august 2017 by idsn
At first I didn’t feel able to, but now I can, and I put my views forward. (FEDO, case, Nepal, 2017)
Women from the Dalit caste in Nepal face huge discrimination on every level and are treated as outcasts in society. They are made even more vulnerable by their lack of access to money, housing and land. 

We met Sharada, a woman from the poorest Dalit community. She gets support from our partner Feminist Dalit Organisation (FEDO) to understand and fight for Dalit women’s rights. 
FEDO  Nepal  2017  caste  dalit  women  dalitwomen  dalitwomenfight  case 
august 2017 by idsn
‘We are now respected, we can access funds, we speak out to say what we want’ (FEDO, case, Nepal, 2017)
Deemed ‘untouchable’ by her community, Kamala faced discrimination for being a Dalit woman. People were afraid of her and she felt ashamed. With support from the Feminist Dalit Organization (FEDO), Kamala joined the Shiba Madesi Dalit Women’s Group where she gained the skills and confidence to claim her rights and take control of her life
FEDO  Nepal  2017  caste  dalit  women  dalitwomen  dalitwomenfight  case 
august 2017 by idsn
'We stand in solidarity against discrimination and have a unique bond.' (Dalit women, case, Nepal, 2017)
Married at just nine years old, Anita’s story is far from uncommon among Dalit women. Facing discrimination for her lower caste status, Anita was led to believe she was ‘untouchable’ by her community. Through joining a women-led group organised by the Feminist Dalit Organization (FEDO), Anita built strength, grew in confidence and made friendships. Now, as the President of the group, she stands up for the rights of Dalit women and girls.
FEDO  Nepal  2017  caste  dalit  women  dalitwomen  dalitwomenfight  case 
august 2017 by idsn
'I am a strong woman now and I am changing my community for the better' (Dalit women, case, Nepal, 2017)
Mayawati was illiterate for much of her life. As a Dalit woman, she faced discrimination and was ashamed of who she was. With support from IDSN member Feminist Dalit Organization (FEDO), Mayawati joined a women-led group and completed training courses. This helped her to realise how important her voice is.
fedo  2017  Nepal  case  dalit  women  dalitwomen 
august 2017 by idsn
We can speak up and claim our rights (Dalit women, case, Nepal, 2017)
Santu was grieving the loss of her husband and looking after her five small children when the earthquake hit Nepal in 2015. On top of the hardships she already faced, Santu lost her house to the earthquake and was left with nothing.
case  nepal  2017  dalit  women  dalitwomenfight  caste 
august 2017 by idsn
Nepal - Houses for Dalits limited to paper
The government’s decision to build houses for Dalit families of Arnaha Rural Municipality, Saptari,  under the People’s Residence Programme has fallen flat.
Dalit families of the locality are disappointed as construction work has yet to begin though the current fiscal year is coming to an end. Local Lalaku Sada said, “The government’s false promise has disheartened our impoverished Dalit community.”
The government’s apathy in constructing the residences has let down Dalit families of around 50 Village Development Committees across the district.
caste  2017  nepal  dalit  housing  services  access_services  discrimination  implementation  case 
august 2017 by idsn
Dalits of Bajura village cannot vote freely
Nande Luwar, 70, of Jukot in Swamikartik Rural Municipality, Bajura has voted many times in his life. But, due to some reasons Nande could not cast his vote freely. “I will vote where the upper caste people ask me to vote,” he added.This is a common trend among Dalit families of Jukot, Bajura.
Nepal  2017  political_participation  politics  voting  caste  dalit  discrimination  justice  case 
august 2017 by idsn
Nepal - Dalit fined for touching barn
A local fined Prem Bahadur BK of Chhededaha Rural Municipality with Rs 2,000 for touching the former’s cowshed in Bajura. Rajendra Bahadur Singh of Chhededaha, Biradi fined BK the amount just for touching his cowshed during the door-to-door election publicity campaign on Friday.
untouchability  Nepal  2017  caste  Dalit  discrimination  case 
august 2017 by idsn
Dalit thrashed for entering temple in Bode Barsain Municipality
A person from the Dalit community was thrashed mercilessly in Bode Barsain Municipality,  Saptari,  yesterday for entering a temple to perform puja. Liladhar Das (Tatma) of Bode Barasain Municipality was beaten black and blue by the local non-Dalits. According to eye-witness Laxmi Ram, locals Raj Kumar Yadav, Kasindra Yadav, Ramchandra Yadav and Sakaldev Yadav, among others, had attacked Das when he reached the local temple to perform Asare Puja.
Nepal  2017  case  caste  dalit  violence  atrocities  discrimination  untouchability 
august 2017 by idsn
Nepal - Dalit children crush stones to buy books
Seven-year-old Laxmi Nepali of Bhagwati Aulagurta VDC of Jajarkot district wakes up early in the morning and rushes toward a nearby school. While most of the children of her age carry books and other educational materials, she is seen holding a sack on one hand and a hammer on the other en route to Nepal National Secondary School.

For the sake of Rs 100, she crushes stones into gravels in front of the school from early morning. Though it is not her wish, she is obliged to do so to sustain her life. She completes crushing a sack full of gravels from 7 am to 9 am in the morning. “I give this money to my parents and they will buy me books and new clothes,” Laxmi said.
nepal  2017  case  caste  dalit  children  childlabour  education  jmc 
august 2017 by idsn
Dalit girls learn about their rights in the villages of Rautahat (DSNF)
Minna Havunen, of the Dalit Solidarity Network-Finland, traveled to Nepal and met Dalits in the villages of Rautahat. She heard first-hand stories of discrimination and segregation and met Dalit teenage girls at a NNDSWO centre, who were learning about their rights. Read her blog post about the visit here. Photo from DSN-Fi blog post.
dsnfi  finland  Dalit  caste  Nepal  discrimination  humanrights  2017  women  dsn  case 
july 2017 by idsn
Dalit rights issues raised at the NGO event of the year in Finland (IDSN News)
Minna Havunen from the Dalit Solidarity Network reports on raising awareness of Dalit human rights issues at Finland’s top NGO event of the year, the World Village Festival:
dsnfi  Dalit  caste  finland  ngo  dsn  2017 
july 2017 by idsn
Henri Tiphagne, Executive Director of People's Watch addresses the side-event, UN HQ 1 (Peoples Watch)
Mr. Henri Tiphagne, Executive Director of People's Watch addressing the #NGOCommittee On 'Improving Working Methods, Encouraging Civil Society Engagement' at UN Headquarters in New York on 19.06.2017
UN  sideevent  civilsociety  ecosoc  IDSN  Dalit  caste  2017  humanrights 
july 2017 by idsn
UN Side-event: Blocking of civil society access to the UN must end now (IDSN)
In a UN side-event in New York several states and civil society representatives spoke about how the NGO committee, which grants UN ECOSOC accreditation, is effectively blocking legitimate civil society participation at the United Nations. Several shocking examples of harassment by the NGO Committee were shared including IDSN’s 9-year deferral, due to perpetual questioning from one state on the Committee. Participants at the event outlined courses of action that could be taken to reform the Committee and open the UN to civil society participation.
UN  sideevent  civilsociety  ecosoc  IDSN  Dalit  caste  2017 
july 2017 by idsn
CALL TO ACTION – Complete UK Caste Consultation Questionnaire (DSN-UK)
Several organisations and renowned academics have come together and created a website www.casteintheuk.org providing guidance on the questionnaire and the caste Consultation document, both of which contain complex legal terms and words. We do not want this to be a barrier to anyone wanting to respond to the survey.
dsnuk  UK  caste  Dalit  ukkey  2017  diaspora 
july 2017 by idsn
Call to action: Outlaw caste discrimination in the UK (IDSN News)
A public consultation on caste in Great Britain and equality law has been launched by the UK Government and will take place on 18 July 2017. A joint appeal and website, urging relevant actors to fill in the consultation questionnaire and offering guidance, has been launched by several human rights organisations in the UK – including the Dalit Solidarity Network UK (DSN-UK).
dsnuk  UK  caste  Dalit  ukkey  2017 
july 2017 by idsn
India must stop ‘cow protection’ vigilante violence against Dalits and Muslims (IDSN News)
Human Rights Watch has released a report on the issue of violence against Dalits and Muslims in India, being carried out by so called ‘cow protection’ extremist Hindu groups. The organisation demands that the Government act to bring justice to the victims and curb this disturbing trend.
India  caste  Dalit  humanrights  HRW  violence  2017  atrocities 
july 2017 by idsn
India urged to address caste discrimination in new Disaster Risk Reduction plan (IDSN News)
Dalit rights organisation, National Dalit Watch – NCDHR, has issued a press release pushing for action to directly address the issue of caste discrimination in disaster response and prevention, in India’s coming Disaster Risk Reduction Plan.
ncdhr  Dalit  caste  disaster_relief  India  indiakey  humanitarian  2017  idsnnews  IDSN 
july 2017 by idsn
Report: CASTE-BASED DISCRIMINATION IN PAKISTAN (PDSN & IDSN)
Joint submission for the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights review of Pakistan
UN  Pakistan  pakistankey  Dalit  caste  2017  cescr  IDSN  treatybodies 
july 2017 by idsn
Joint submission for the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights review of Pakistan (IDSN)
IDSN and the Pakistan Dalit Solidarity Network (PDSN) have submitted an alternative report to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights ahead of the June 2017 review of Pakistan. The report details serious human rights issues resulting from caste-based discrimination in Pakistan.
UN  Pakistan  pakistankey  Dalit  caste  2017  cescr  IDSN  treatybodies 
july 2017 by idsn
3rd Universal Periodic Review of the UK (DSN-UK)
Despite ample evidence that caste-discrimination in UK is a human rights issue, and a submission made by the Dalit Solidarity Network-UK and IDSN detailing the problem, not a single state mentioned caste discrimination at the UN UPR review of the UK. Human rights campaigners are disappointed at the negligence of the international community when it comes to addressing caste in the UK context. DSN-UK have summarised the review on their website.
UK  humanrights  dsnuk  caste  Dalit  UN  UPR  diaspora  2017 
july 2017 by idsn
UN Members States: India must do more to uphold the rights of Dalits (IDSN News)
At the UN review of the human rights situation in India, more than a dozen UN Member States recommended actions to ensure the rights of Dalits. The recommendations come following reports and statements from civil society, including Dalit rights organisations, documenting the lack of enforcement and protection of the human rights of Dalits in India.
IDSN  idsnnews  India  Dalit  caste  humanrights  UN  recommendations  UPR  2017 
july 2017 by idsn
Joint alternative report on caste-based discrimination in the UK (IDSN & DSN-UK)
Joint alternative report on caste-based discrimination in the UK – ALTERNATIVE REPORT
for the 3rd review cycle under the Universal Period Review of
the United Kingdom
UPR  UK  UN  dsnuk  IDSN  2017  caste  Dalit  humanrights  diaspora  diasporakey 
july 2017 by idsn
Key facts and recommendations on caste-based discrimination (DSN-UK)
Key facts and recommendations on caste-based discrimination for the UK UPR 2017 – prepared by the Dalit Solidarity Network UK (DSN-UK)
dsnuk  IDSN  caste  Dalit  2017  UPR  UN  UK  recommendations  diaspora 
july 2017 by idsn
Human Rights in India Joint stakeholders report (wghr)
Alternative report by The Working Group on Human Rights in India including concerns over Dalit rights on page 24
Dalit  caste  India  UN  UPR  humanrights  Report  2017  wghr 
july 2017 by idsn
Fact sheet: Caste Based Discrimination in India (NCDHR)
UPR fact sheet on caste based discrimination including follow up from the last review and recommendations – prepared by the National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights (NCDHR)
UPR  factsheet  UN  India  caste  Dalit  humanrights  2017  indiakey 
july 2017 by idsn
Dalit, non-dalit South Asian lawmakers’ conference held in Kathmandu (ADRF)
Minister for Foreign Affairs Prakash Sharan Mahat has reiterated the government’s commitment to end the caste-based discrimination and the practice of ‘untouchability’ from Nepal at the earliest possible.
Dalit  caste  2017  ADRF  Nepal  IDSN 
july 2017 by idsn
Report released: Dalit workers in India’s leather industry suffer serious rights abuses (IDSN News)
A report released by the India Committee on the Netherlands finds that workers in India’s leather industry suffer serious labour and human rights violations. Most of the 2,5 million leather workers are found to be Dalits and Muslims, exploited due to their marginalised status. India supplies leather to huge global brands.
India  IDSN  Dalit  caste  2017  humanrights  labour  business  idsnnews 
july 2017 by idsn
EU states its commitment to civil society and human rights defenders (IDSN News)
In a statement on World NGO Day the EU reiterates its commitment to protecting space for civil society and human rights defenders. This is particularly relevant in relation to organisations and defenders working to fight caste discrimination as they are increasingly facing threats and sanctions.
IDSN  Dalit  caste  EU  civilsociety  humanrights  2017  hrdefenders  hr_defenders 
july 2017 by idsn
UNHRC 34 Side Event – Backsliding on Civil Space in Democracies (IDSN News)
On 3 March CIVICUS held a side event to the 34th session of the Human Rights Council on “Backsliding on Civic Space in Democracies”, in advance of India, Brazil, Poland and South Africa examinations under the Universal Periodic Review in May 2017. The event was co-sponsored by IDSN, Amnesty International, CIVICUS, Forum Asia, ISHR, HRW, HRDA and OBS. IDSN was represented by its board member Henri Tiphagne from Human Rights Defenders Association in India.
UN  IDSN  Dalit  caste  2017  UPR  sideevent  idsnnews  news  hrc  hrc34 
july 2017 by idsn
BBC Asian Network debate on caste legislation in the UK « DSN-UK
BBC Asian Network’s host of the Big Debate, Nomia Iqbal, led a live debate on the caste legislation in the UK. Satpal Muman, Chair of CasteWatch UK and Satish Sharma, from the National Council of Hindu Temples, were in the studio and DSN-UK Director, Meena Varma called in.
Dalit  caste  discrimination  southasia  bbc  UK  ukkey  dsnuk  legislation  2017  press  press_global  diaspora 
april 2017 by idsn
Report: The challenges of Access to Justice and Social and Medical support for Survivors of Rape and Sexual Abuse (Jan Sahas, 2017)
IDSN member Jan Sahas have released a report from the recently held “National Consultation on the Challenges of Access to Social and Medical support and Justice for Survivors of Rape and Sexual Abuse”. The consultation discussed the role of police, medical, judiciary and family to ensure justice for survivors of rape and sexual abuse. The report outlines perspectives, key concerns and offers a number of concrete recommendations for action. Survivors, representatives of relevant government departments and commissions, policy makers and representatives from the judiciary, civil society, media, lawyers, and UN agencies participated in the consultation.
caste  Dalit  justice  violence  violence_against_women  sexual_violence  recommendations  2017  india  jansahas 
april 2017 by idsn
UN Expert Report: India must act on access to adequate housing for Dalits (IDSN News, 2016)
The UN Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing, Leilani Farha, has released a report on housing in India. The report draws attention to the alarming state of Dalit houses and the need for Government action to improve housing and end discrimination.
caste  Dalit  untouchability  UN  discrimination  India  indiakey  housing  sr_housing  legislation  2017  Report  recommendations  specialprocedures  special_rapporteurs 
april 2017 by idsn
Landmark UN guidance tool on caste discrimination launched in Kathmandu (IDSN News)
In a historic event in Kathmandu, the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) launched a comprehensive guidance tool addressing caste-based discrimination. The tool is meant to support UN country teams, agencies and other stakeholders in combatting caste-based discrimination and has been welcomed by UN stakeholders as well as human rights activists across the world.
2017  un  ohchr  idsnnews  IDSN  caste  dalit  ungt  news 
april 2017 by idsn
Bangladesh must step up efforts to address caste discrimination say rights activists at UN review (IDSN News)
IDSN members the Bangladesh Dalit and Excluded Rights Movement (BDERM) and Network of Non-Mainstreamed Marginalized Communities (NNMC), took part in the UN Human Rights Committee (CCPR) review of Bangladesh in March, 2017.
idsnnews  2017  bangladesh  un  ccpr  treatybodies  bderm  nnmc 
march 2017 by idsn
Dalit Rights Activists Slam Budget, Say Allocation for SC/STs in Violation of Jadhav Guidelines
Dalit Rights Activists Slam Budget, Say Allocation for SC/STs in Violation of Jadhav Guidelines
india  2017  dalit  caste  budget  legislation  justice  press 
february 2017 by idsn
Report: Widespread child slavery in India’s yarn industry, most victims are Dalits (IDSN News, 2016)
Despite efforts to curb child slavery in India’s spinning mills the practice continues and 60% of the victims are Dalits – says newly released report.
IDSN  idsnnews  news  india  sumangali  dnn  business  caste  Dalit  women  2017  slavery  children  childlabour  childrenkey 
january 2017 by idsn
India blocks funding for IDSN member Navsarjan Trust - International Dalit Solidarity Network
In the latest of a series of blocks on foreign funding to human rights NGOs, the Indian Government has revoked the foreign funding (FCRA) license from Dalit rights NGO Navsarjan Trust. The revocation of the license means that Navsarjan can no longer receive funding from foreign donors and the organisation has had to ask its 80 staff to resign.
india  navsarjan  2017  legislation  idsn  news  idsnnews  justice  justicekey  hrdefenders  hr_defenders  HRW 
january 2017 by idsn
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