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Indian budget falls far short on allocations for Dalits
IDSN, Feb 12, 2018
The Dalit community’s analysis of the the 2018 budget of the Government of India shows that less than half of the required amount has been allocated for schemes mean to benefit Dalits and Adivasis in India. »
Urgent Appeal: Dalit activists brutally assaulted, arrested and detained by police
IDSN, Feb 12, 2018
Dalit activists are brutally assaulted, arrested and detained by police for seeking action on encroachment of public property in Kochi, Kerala. Among them representatives and supporters of the Dalit Land Rights’ Organization. »
Dalit Women Speak Out conference – forming a collective for resistance
IDSN, Jan 19, 2018
The Dalit Women Speak Out conference in Pune was a celebration of Dalit women power and resistance and a platform from which to map out new strategies and strengthen the collective force. The conference presented an open and free space for over 400 Dalit women from across India. »
Amnesty International: Dalit human rights defenders face serious risk
IDSN, Dec 20, 2017
A new report by Amnesty International paints a grim picture of the situation for human rights defenders across the globe who face death, per­secution and harassment for carrying out human rights work. The report raises particular concern for Dalit human rights defenders in India. »
European Parliament report urges EU to step up action on caste discrimination
IDSN, Dec 14, 2017
In its 2017 Annual Report the European Parliament calls for an EU policy on caste discrimination and urges the EU and its Member States to “intensify efforts and support related initiatives...." »
Young Dalit activists speak out at the UN Minority Forum on youth and inclusion
IDSN, Dec 13, 2017
Young Dalit activists played an active role at the 2017 Forum on Minority Issues, which took place in Geneva from 30 November to 1 December. Dalit women from Nepal and India, forming part of an IDSN delegation, gave powerful presentations. »
India’s ‘Rat Eaters’ are so poor that even the Dalits look down on them
South China Morning Post, Dec 7, 2017
The 2.5 million Musahars – “Rat Eaters” – are one of India’s most marginalised communities. Even the browbeaten Dalits from the lowest rung of India’s caste hierarchy look down on them. They are the poorest among the poorest and rarely hear about or get access to government schemes. »
11 Books to Read If You Want to Understand Caste in India
Literary Hub, Dec 4, 2017
Caste is not unique to India, and no country should be reduced to a single social category, no matter how intrinsic a part of its reality. Nevertheless, to understand India you have to understand caste, whose intricacies are unarguably difficult. »
Dalit rights activist Chandrashekhar Azad's detention is a mockery of law: Amnesty International India
Sikh Siyasat News, Nov 10, 2017
The arrest and detention of Chandrashekhar Azad under the National Security Act a day after he was granted bail is a brazen attempt to sidestep human rights safeguards in the country in the ordinary criminal justice system. »
“Everyone Blames Me” – new report on barriers to justice for sexual assault survivors in India
IDSN, Nov 17, 2017
Survivors of rape and other forms of sexual assault in India face severe barriers to justice and are not receiving the support that the State are obligated to offer them, finds a new report by Human Rights Watch. The report raises particular concern for ‘low caste’ survivors and other marginalised groups. »
UN Expert criticizes India’s sanitation drive for exacerbating manual scavenging
IDSN, Nov 14, 2017
UN Expert Léo Heller has stated that the failure to end the practice of manual scavenging in India coupled with the construction of more non-flush toilets, is contributing to an increase in the discriminatory practice of manual scavenging. »
IDSN Roadmap to the UNOHCHR Guidance tool on Descent-Based Discrimination
IDSN, Nov 9, 2017
IDSN published a Roadmap to the UNOHCHR Guidance Tool on Descent-Based Discrimination: Key challenges and strategic approaches to combat caste-based discrimination and analogous forms of discrimination. »
Urgent Appeal for Action – Dalit Professor attempted killed in need of immediate protection
IDSN, Nov 8, 2017
The HRDA-India has issued an urgent appeal for the protection of Professor Kancha Shepherd – political analyst, human rights activist and one of India’s most prominent Dalit thinkers. He was allegedly attempted killed in his car.... »
Urgent Appeal for Action – Death threats and withdrawal police protection for Dalit human rights activist
IDSN, Nov 2, 2017
The HRDA-India has issued an urgent appeal for action to protect Dalit human rights defender Mr. Rajat Kalsan. Mr. Kalsan is working to help Dalits gain justice and protection from abuses as a lawyer and activist in Haryana state. »
UN water and sanitation expert to visit India in November
IDSN, Oct 26, 2017
The UN Special Rapporteur will visit India to examine the extent to which people’s rights to safe drinking water and sanitation are being realized. IDSN and Jan Sahas made a joint submission drawing attention to the inhuman practice of manual scavenging that persists in India. »
MEPs call on EU Presidents to address caste discrimination at the EU-India summit
IDSN, Oct 20, 2017
A cross-party group of MEPs has sent an open letter to the Presidents of the European Council and of the European Commission, calling on them to address caste discrimination directly at the October EU-India Summit. »
Indian Government responds to UN rights review – accepts key recommendations on caste but not on ensuring space for civil society
IDSN, Oct 9, 2017
India has accepted 9 UPR-recommendations concerning caste-based discrimination, but none of the recommendations related to protecting civil society space and amending the foreign contributions act. »
Campaign and new report highlight caste discrimination in schools
IDSN, Oct 9, 2017
Dalit children being made to sit and eat separately from other children, being beaten, abused and forced to do humiliating tasks, form part of the cases highlighted in the report Exclusion in Schools – A Study on Practice of Discrimination and Violence. »
Indian men 'beaten up over moustaches'
BBC News, Oct 4, 2017
Some Indians are changing their avatars on Twitter and WhatsApp in support of two men attacked for having moustaches. A young man in Gujarat went to the police and accused some upper caste men of beating him up because he'd grown a moustache. Also, his cousin was knifed, reportedly by the same men. »

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