International Dalit Solidarity Network
Formed in March 2000, the International Dalit Solidarity Network (IDSN) is a network of national solidarity networks, groups from affected countries and international organisations concerned about caste discrimination and similar forms of discrimination based on work and descent.
IDSN campaigns against caste-based discrimination, as experienced by the dalits of South Asia to the Buraku people of Japan, the sab (low caste) groups of Somalia, the occupational caste people in West Africa and others.
The work of IDSN involves encouraging the United Nations, the European Union and other bodies to recognise that over 260 million people continue to be treated as outcasts and less than human and that caste-based discrimination must be regarded as a central human rights concern. IDSN insists on international recognition that "Dalit Rights are Human Rights" inasmuch as all human beings are born with the same inalienable rights.
IDSN brings together organisations, institutions and individuals concerned with caste-based discrimination and aims to link grassroots priorities with international mechanisms and institutions to make an effective contribution to the liberation of those affected by caste discrimination.
Information about IDSN
IDSN is a coalition between national advocacy groups in South Asia and elsewhere, national Dalit Solidarity Networks and international human rights organisations.
The national advocacy groups formally members of the IDSN are the National Campaign for Dalit Human Rights in India, the Dalit NGO Federation of Nepal and the Human Development Organisation of Sri Lanka The national platforms in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka are driving forces to assert Dalit Human Rights at the national level and they constitute the back bone of the IDSN.
International human rights and development organisations associated with IDSN include Human Rights Watch, International Movement Against all forms of Discrimination and Racism, the Lutheran World Federation, Anti-Slavery International, Minority Rights Group and Asian Human Rights Commission.
Dalit Solidarity Networks have formed in the US, Germany, the UK, the Netherlands, France, Denmark and Sweden. The solidarity networks consist of development and human rights organisations and committed individuals.
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