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  • European Parliament report calls for EU policy on caste discrimination
  • UN Expert Report: India must act on access to adequate housing for Dalits
  • Report: Widespread child slavery in India’s yarn industry, most victims Dalits
  • India blocks funding for IDSN member Navsarjan Trust
  • Report: Challenges of Access to Justice and Social and Medical support for Survivors of Rape and Sexual Abuse
  • BBC Asian Network debate on caste legislation in the UK
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European Parliament report calls for EU policy on caste discrimination

In its 2016 Report on the “Annual Report on human rights and democracy in the world and the European Union’s policy on the matter” the European Parliament (EP) raises deep concern over grave violations of Dalit human rights. The report calls for an EU policy development on caste discrimination.
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UN Expert: India must act on access to adequate housing for Dalits

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. The report also offers concrete recommendations to fight discrimination and ensure implementation of existing legislation.
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Report: Widespread child slavery in India’s yarn industry, most victims are Dalits


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. The India Committee on the Netherlands (ICN) report  ‘Fabric of Slavery' shows that various forms of modern slavery, including child slavery, are found in more than 90% of the spinning mills in South India. These spinning mills produce yarn for Indian, Bangladeshi and Chinese garment factories that produce garments for the Western market.
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Report: Challenges of Access to Justice and Social and Medical support for Survivors of Rape and Sexual Abuse

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.  

Jan Sahas has worked on these issues for many years and recently the Secretary of State (Minister) for International Development, UK, also visited Jan Sahas program working with Dalit women.

Read the report here

BBC Asian Network debate on caste legislation in the 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.
Read more about the debate here

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