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IDSN's January-February 2015 Newsletter - Choose to show/download pictures in your email to display this newsletter properly 
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Human Rights Watch and Amnesty's 2015 reports raise serious concern over caste discrimination
The newly released Human Rights Watch World Report 2015 and the Amnesty International 2014-15 report find that caste discrimination persists, highlighting serious obstacles to access to justice and services, discrimination in education and caste-based violence, including rape of Dalit women. These concerns are also noted in the latest India and Nepal reports of the US State Department.

World Bank President and UN Secretary-General: Ending India’s caste-based exclusion is key to shared prosperity
Speaking at the Indian Council of World Affairs UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed the need for inclusive growth for shared prosperity saying that, “millions of Dalits, Tribals and others still face discrimination, especially the women and girls.” On a visit to Gujarat the World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, similarly cautioned that while India was an accelerating economy, “Indian society has an enduring exclusion that is based, among other things, on caste identities. This bias can impede shared prosperity, serving as a basis for discrimination in many spheres, including in employment and other markets, as well as in public services.”

India’s blocking of IDSN’s UN consultative status continues
The blocking of IDSN reflects a frightening trend in India for obstructing the work of civil society organisations and human rights defenders, particularly when it comes to Dalit and minority rights.

IDSN input to the UN Human Rights Council and UN Commission on women
IDSN has presented recommendations  on the issue of caste discrimination to the UN Human Rights Council March session, and has also submitted information on Dalit women in relation to the UN Commission on the Status of Women.

Report from the UN regional consultation on caste discrimination released
The report from the 2nd Regional Consultation on caste-based discrimination, held in Nepal in 2013, has now been released by the UN-Resident Coordinator’s office in Nepal and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Unique online tool to track atrocities against Dalits and Adivasis in India
The new online Atrocity Tracking and Monitoring (ATM) system has been launched to push for justice in atrocity cases against Dalits and Adivasis, by the National Dalit Movement for Justice (NDMJ – NCDHR).

Public hearing on discrimination and atrocities against Dalits
The hearing was held by the Bangladesh Dalit and Excluded Rights Movement. Dalits also demanded education quotas and specific budget allocations at a seminar organised by Dalit rights NGO Parittran.

India: National convention on inclusive disaster risk reduction held
The convention was organised by National Dalit Watch in collaboration with Sphere India, Cordaid and Oxfam. Participants heard that there is a shocking and consistent pattern of discrimination and exclusion in all interventions pertaining to disaster response, mitigation and risk reduction.

Urgent appeals for action  
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