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IDSN UN side-event calls for more action to combat caste and gender-based slavery

At the 29th session of the UN Human Rights Council, IDSN, with a number of sponsors, held a parallel event on “Caste and gender-based forced and bonded labour”.The event included a keynote video address by the UN Special Rapporteur on Contemporary forms of Slavery, Ms. Urmila Bhoola and allowed for a constructive dialogue as well as a sharing of information and recommendations between the ILO, UN agencies, civil society and States.
Read news article and report from the event

Experts: Law amendment will push Dalit children out of school and into child labour

Child labour experts are warning that the term ‘family enterprises’ is widely interpreted and a common euphemism for industries such as carpet-weaving, beedi-rolling, gem-polishing, lock-making and matchbox-making. Read also the op-ed in the Guardian 'Diluting India's child labour law will trap families in cycle of poverty' by IDSN and Gerard Oonk (DNN) and the op-ed 'India's labour 'reforms' could make it a dangerous place to invest' by Aidan McQuade, Director of Anti-Slavery International, also in the Guardian.
Read IDSN's news article on the amendment

Dalit and Adivasi women’s march for self-respect in India meets violence, injustice and police negligence

Women being beaten, raped, stripped naked and paraded through their villages and a rape case as barbaric as the 2012 Nirbhaya case. These and a whole host of other atrocities were what the women marching for self-respect, and to end violence against Dalit and Adivasi women in the state of Odisha, India, came across on their path to justice.
Read IDSN's news about the march

Urgent appeal to combat caste discrimination in Nepal earthquake relief efforts

rapid assessment report of the situation of Dalit communities following the earthquakes in Nepal, has found that Dalits are discriminated in the distribution of post-earthquake relief materials, receiving less aid than those from castes ranking higher in Nepal’s caste system. Read also the article Report: Dalits short-changed in aid delivery in Nepal  and an report  from Amnesty International as we as the European Parliament urgency resolution on the situation in Nepal raising concern for caste discrimination.
Read the appeal

ADRF: 260 million Dalits appeal for inclusion in the Sustainable Development Goals

Reducing inequality and ’leaving no one behind” are paramount within the SDG framework.The zero draft outcome document of the Post 2015 SDG however gives no recognition to more than a quarter of a billion people discriminated and marginalised on the basis of caste.  

An SDG appeal has been launched by the Asian Dalit Rights Forum (ADRF) and co-signed by IDSN and dozens of other organisations, urging that caste discrimination be noted as a major cause of poverty and inquality, which must be taken into account in the outcome document.

Read the SDG Appeal 

IDSN exchange on caste discrimination with COHOM and EEAS

An IDSN team of staff and board members presented current thematic challenges and recommendations in exchanges on 16 June with the EU Human Rights Working Group (COHOM) in the Council of the EU, and the European External Action Service. The team urged for the adoption of an EU policy on the prevention and elimination of caste-based discrimination, EU high- level public diplomacy on caste-based discrimination and support to initiatives at multilateral level, proportionate with the scale and consequences of this human rights issue. EU officials specifically noted the importance of the SDG process, the forthcoming UPR of Nepal and non-discrimination in relief and reconstruction in Nepal.   
Read more about the exchange with the EU

India block of IDSN’s ECOSOC application highlighted at event in New York

At the May 2015 Meeting of the NGO Committee, India continued to cause a deferral of IDSN’s application for UN consultative (ECOSOC) status by asking yet another set of repetitive questions. On 28 May, IDSN Executive Director, Rikke Nöhrlind presented the case at an ISHR event on “Strengthening NGO participation and the right to freedom of association at the UN: Current challenges and opportunities for reform” held at the Australian mission in New York.
Read more about IDSN's fight for ECOSOC accreditation


Report: Scheduled Caste Children in Pakistan

Dalit children in Pakistan suffer grave human rights violations. IDSN and the Pakistan Dalit Solidarity Network (PDSN) have submitted a joint alternative NGO report to the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) 72nd PSWG 5-9 October 2015 review, highlighting the key issues faced by these children. 
Read the full report

Caste Discrimination features prominently in US State Department's India, Nepal and Pakistan Human Rights Reports

The reports raise grave concerns for atrocities and injustice against Dalits in India and for the failure of the police and judicial systems as well as caste-based slavery and discrimination in education and in Nepal and Pakistan for widespread discrimination against Dalits and forced and bonded labour. Read the caste extracts from the report.  
Read the caste extracts from the reports

ILO Resource Handbook for ending manual scavenging

The International Labour Organisation have now released the ILO Resource Handbook, a very useful tool in combating caste-based forced labour, and have also made a short summary of the handbook.
Download the ILO handbook

Diversity in the workforce: why it is good for business

A paper by Ashwini Deshpande, Professor of Economics at the Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi on inclusion of Dalits in the workforce. Prepared in collaboration with International Labour Organization (ILO) for the International Dalit Solidarity Network (IDSN).
Read the paper

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