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UN Special Rapporteur highlights unwarranted deferral of IDSN’s UN ECOSOC accreditation The Report of the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association in the context of multilateral institutions, raises particular concern for the continuous unwarranted defferal of IDSN’s application for ECOSOC status.
UN experts increase focus on caste discrimination In a recent Geneva meeting of UN Special Rapporteurs and civil society, caste-based discrimination was highlighted by the Rapporteurs as a key cross-cutting issue of concern.
Caste discrimination, child labour and the Nobel peace prize winner Caste discrimination is a key factor behind child labour in India - is the message coming from experts on child labour. The Nobel Peace Prize winner, Kailash Satyarthi, also explains how witnessing caste discrimination as a child spurred on his engagement with fighting for the rights of the most marginalised.
Joining forces to rehabilitate manual scavengers - Government, UN Agencies, the private sector and civil society There was a strong will from multiple stakeholders to help rehabilitate former manual scavengers at the ‘National Consultation on Rehabilitation of Manual Scavenger’s and Role of the Government, UN agencies, Public and Private Sector, CSR and Civil Societies’ consultation held in New Delhi.
UN agencies in India team up to focus on fighting caste discrimination Convened by the United Nations Development Programme, six UN agencies including IFAD, ILO, UNFPA, UNICEF and UN Women are working together to help accelerate inclusion of Dalit and Adivasi issues and access to rights in national and state policy and planning processes.
Bangladesh: Dalits fight for their rights – hold anti-discrimination marches and a housing rights seminar Dalits marched in Bangladesh to demand that the Government enact anti-discrimination legislation. The Bangladesh Dalit and Excluded Rights Movement also organised a seminar on housing and land rights for Dalits
Urgent Appeal: Brutal police torture of Dalit human rights defender - perpetrators must be held accountable A young Dalit human rights defender was abducted from his house by five police officers in Tamil Nadu, and brutally tortured. An urgent appeal has been launched.
Indian Prime Minister Modi takes a sweep at caste India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, is asking the nation to rise above caste divides and telling every Indian to pick up a broom and sweep the streets. It remains to be seen, however, whether there will be true reform and political will to end caste discrimination, behind the hype.
Selected News Clippings:
- Video Volunteers Campaign to end caste discrimination (Video Volunteers)
- Lynching of boy underlines how the curse of caste still blights India (The Guardian)
- Land row claims life of 6 year old Dalit Girl (Hindustan Times)
- Govt opposed to Dalit status for converts (Times of India)
- Brutal triple murder of Dalit family rocks Maharashtra (The Hindu)
- Dalit Stops Cleaning Dry Toilets, Becomes Leader (Womens E-news)
- "Despite my being the chief minister, some powerful people treat me as untouchable” says Bihar CM (India Today)
- India's 'untouchables' offered opportunity of a better life (The Guardian)
- Indian priest thrashes ‘untouchable’ boy, 8, who asked for sweets (The Telegraph)
- Temple priest smashes 8-year-old Dalit boy's head for prasadam (Deccan Chronicle)
- Dark days of violence on Dalits return to haunt Bihar January 2014 to August 2014: 4,322 cases of atrocities against Dalits in Bihar (Indian Express)
- Badaun: Minor dalit girl gangraped, dies after hospital refuses treatment (Firstpost)
- Dalit boy attacked for wearing slippers in village (Times of India)
- Former Ranvir Sena man held, two others booked for raping five Dalit girls at gun point (One India)
- Minors assault Dalit youth over nameplate in Gujarat (The Hindu)
- Minor Dalit girl gangraped in Andhra Pradesh (DNA India)
- Dalit woman beaten up in Bihar on suspicion of witchcraft (DNA)
- Punjab Police Murders Two Dalit Brothers In Encounter (The Link Paper)
- Dalit boy buys an auto rickshaw but dominant castes deny him the right to work as driver - says he must be a sweeper (The Hindu)
- Doctor and assistant gang-rape Dalit patient (Times of India)
- Dalits dragged by horses, hit with pistol butt in Bihar’s ‘wild west’ (Hindustan Times)
- Dalit students beaten up, expelled for drinking from common pot (Times of India)
- Dalit youth forced to eat excreta, genitals torched in Uttar Pradesh (Daily Bhashkar)
- Defying the Odds: The Rise of Dalit Entrepreneurs (Forbes India)
- 12 powerful men from the ‘upper caste’ burnt down the houses of 4 Dalit families; help them get justice. ACT NOW! (Video Volunteers)