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UN expert deeply disturbed by the situation of Dalit human rights defenders in India The UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders has released a report with a strong focus on the dire situation of Dalit human rights defenders, following her 2011 visit to India.

Atrocities against Dalit women go unpunished - new study from Navsarjan Trust Navsarjan Trust have released the study 'Gender Violence and Access to Justice for Dalit Women in collaboration with Minority Rights Group International. The report finds Dalit women face severe difficulties in accessing justice and are extremely vulnerable to violence, sexual abuse and other atrocities.

Human Rights Watch urges EU to take immediate steps to eliminate abuses against Dalits In a letter to the Presidents of the European Council and European Commission regarding the EU India summit, Human Rights Watch strongly urge the EU to address a number of pressing human rights issues in India including the situation of Dalits.

New report from the Asian Centre for Human Rights: Torture in India 2011 The report lists scores of cases of torture against Dalits who continue to be the key victims of torture in India and offers a number of recommendations to the Indian Government.

New videos on caste discrimination There is an increasing amount of video documentation on caste discrimination and Dalit rights frin See some of the latest videos here.

New books: Vivien Francis digital photobook on Dalits in Gujarat released – created following her stay with Navsarjan Trust; Book on struggles of Dalits released the author describes the book as “a source book for the implementation of Right to Education”.

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India >> Thane Cyclone and Brutal Caste Atrocity against Dalits in Pondicherry and Tamil Nadu states // Strong media focus on Dalit entrepreneurship in India continues // Superpower? 230 million Indians go hungry daily // Would they have tortured me the same way had I not been a Dalit?' // Court asks CBI to probe Paramakudi firing incident // Dalit Women demand Sanitation & Dignity //  ‘Dalits still face discrimination’ // Thirty dalit houses torched in Odisha // Paramakudi case: Plea to suspend cops rejected and many more press clippings

Nepal >>
Nepal re-emerging on the international scene // "Dalit lawmakers obstruct House" in Nepal // Five-point agreement between the Dalit Struggle Committee and the government  // Dalits to welcome New Year with nationwide bandh // Stir against Kailali murder announced ; Dalit caucus forces House deferral // Lawmakers discuss Dalits rights

Pakistan >> Scheduled castes demand representation in Senate // A lawyer from Dalit community is missing and police refuse to register the case // Mass conversions: For Matli’s poor Hindus // Caste makes them outcast // Minorities in Pakistan: A Recent Perspective // Four minority members to join Senate this year // Dalits and the Senate elections // HRCP demands steps to address concerns of minorities

Bangladesh >>  South Asian Dalit conference held in Bangladesh

International >> Large Google grant to anti-slavery  work in India // The Osu Caste System in Nigeria: A Cankerworm // Online advocacy training course for Human Rights Defenders in Asia // Scrap the Thesawalamei Law that is Discriminative, Racist and Outdated
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