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Historic amendment to India’s caste atrocity legislation passed in the Lok Sabha (lower house of Parliament)

In a victory for the Dalit movement in India and for all committed to justice and equality, a historic bill amending the ‘Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) legislation has been passed in the Lok Sabha (Lower house of the Indian Parliament). The National Coalition on Strengthening PoA Act (NCSPA) have struggled for six years to ensure amendments to this act strengthening the rights of the victims and witnesses, improving access to justice and introducing preventative measures. The bill now remains to be passed in the Rajya Sabha (upper house of the Indian Parliament), scheduled for December.
Read the IDSN article on the passing of the amendment bill

Police action against Kathmandu protest organised by Dalit lawmakers and rights activists

A scheduled and broadcasted protest rally on August 4 2015 in Kathmandu ended in a violent altercation with police. The Dalit activists were calling for Dalit rights to be secured in the new draft Constitution and demanding proportionate representation with additional compensation in the central and provincial governments and legislature. This article is from August 10th, since this a final draft consititution has been published that is far from satisfactory in relation to Dalit rights - read this press article for updated information.
Read the IDSN news article from 12th August on the protest and constitution

New report: Low caste children suffer in India’s cottonseed industry

The new report ‘Cotton’s Forgotten Children’, released by the Stop Child Labour Campaign and the India Committee on the Netherlands (ICN), finds that almost half a million children in India work as child labourers in the cottonseed production industry. Most of them are Dalits, Adivasis or other low caste children (OBCs). The report warns that most of these children are not in school and are subjected to hazardous work and harmful chemicals.
Read the IDSN news article on the report

Rights violations of Dalit children in Bangladesh and Pakistan highlighted in reports to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC)

In connection with the CRC review of Pakistan, IDSN and the Pakistan Dalit Solidarity Network (PDSN) submitted a joint report to the Committee detailing serious rights violations and discrimination against Dalit children in Pakistan. IDSN also submitted input on the human rights situation of Dalit children in Bangladesh .
Read more about Dalit Children & the UN

Caste out of the Shadows – global conference on caste to take place in London 5th September 

The conference will shed light on the situation in caste-affected countries and address major challenges. It will bring together Dalit activists & leaders, academics and a broad spectre of people interested in fighting caste discrimination. The conference will take place at SOAS, University of London.
Read about the conference

Caste discrimination highlighted in Minority Rights Group State of the Worlds Minorities and Indigenous People 2015

The report contains extensive coverage of caste-related human rights violations in India and in Bangladesh, Pakistan, Japan and Yemen. It also highlights caste discrimination in thematic chapters on health and employment and contains a case study on the role of IDSN member the Bangladesh Dalit and Excluded Rights Movement.
Read the caste-related extracts from the report

The Human Rights and Democracy Network (HRDN) call on the EU to step up action on their commitments to human rights

The statement on the second anniversary of the adoption of the EU Strategic Framework and Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy is signed by IDSN and 40+ other organizations that are members of the network. 
Read the HRDN statement

EIDHR 2015 Global Call for Proposals – relevant for Dalit organisations

The European Instrument for Democary and Human Rights has released a call for proposals where particularly LOT 1 - To Support Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) organisations working at grassroots level could be relevant for Dalit rights organisations to apply for.You will find all information necessary to apply in the Guidelines for Applicants. The deadline for Concept Note application is set on 1/10/2015.
Read the EIDHR call for proposals

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Caste discrimination in the Diaspora


Politics, debates and initiatives

Statistics on caste and analysis


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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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