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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.
Read the IDSN article on the forum

European Parliament report urges EU to step up action on caste discrimination

In its 2017 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) calls for an EU policy on caste discrimination and urges the EU and its Member States to, “intensify efforts and support related initiatives at UN and delegation level by implementing and monitoring the 2030 SDGs, monitoring the new UN Guidance Tool on descent-based discrimination and supporting states’ implementation of recommendations by UN human rights mechanisms on the topic of caste discrimination”.
Read the IDSN news on the report

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.
Read the IDSN news story on the EU-NGO Forum

EU High Representative responds to letter from MEPs on addressing caste discrimination

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.
Read the letter from Frederica Mogherini

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.

Read the IDSN news on the AI report

Nepal: 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. 
Read her story - reported by Womankind

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. 
Watch the video interview


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The International Dalit Solidarity Network (IDSN) works on a global level for the elimination of caste discrimination and similar forms of discrimination based on work and descent.
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