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India: Dalits demand land rights in Bihar 

On 15th February 2012, a protest march was organized by members of Dalit Shakti Sangathan, Ambedkar Student Forum, Dalit elected representatives and Jan Adhikar Kendra. They were demanding rights over land, highlighting the promises made by the Bihar state government under the schemes of Bihar Mahadalit Vikas Mission. Around 1000 people, including CBO leaders, Dalit sarpanches and members of Social Justice Committees...

The global pandemic of environmental racism and corporate impunity 

By Chizom Ekeh Friday 3 March 2012The indigenous Uwa peoples of northern Colombia have threatened to commit collective suicide if multinational corporations get government permission to extract oil from their ancestral homelands.In resistance to government’s attempts to displace them from their territories, the Uwa have said they will continue to fight for a future that is not dependent on oil and gas.In a Youtube...

India: Arbitrary arrest of Christian human rights defender 

Junash Pradhan, a well-known human rights defender and a tribal community leader belonging to a vulnerable minority (Christian) community has been working as a social activist for the last 22 years in Orissa state.  His popularity amongst the local people led to him twice elected as member of the Daringibadi Panchayat Samiti (Block), first from 1993 to 1996 and then as the Chairperson from...

35 videos documenting caste discrimination across India launched  

The myth that caste discrimination in India is a thing of the past must be dispelled and on the 14th of April, Video Volunteers launch 35 community videos documenting caste discrimination across 12 states in India, to mark Ambedkar day, the birthday of a Dalit hero who fought for equality and justice for India’s Dalits. The videos are made by community video activists,...

India: Mass mobilisation to urge government to implement Special Component Plan and Tribal Sub Plan 

A mass agitation is planned in Delhi on 24 April 2012,  at Jantar Mantar.COME FORWARD AND JOIN THE CAMPAIGN TO COLLECTIVELY DEMAND JUST IMPLEMENTATION OF SCP/TSP FOR SCs and STs.For more information, download the attached flyer....

Mass protests in India to reclaim Dalit budgetary rights 

On 9th of May thousands of Dalits and Adivasis (Tribals) from all over India stormed up to the Parliament in New Delhi to demand their rightful economic share in the state and union budgets. “The scorching heat did not deter their spirits as they shouted in unison and one could her the beating drums as if to stir the capital to...

UK/India: UPR reviews at the UN, time to act on caste discrimination 

When India and the UK come up for review by the UN Universal Periodic Review (UPR) on 24 May, IDSN urges all UN member states to seize this important opportunity to address concerns about caste discrimination based on recommendations by civil society and UN human rights bodies. Ahead of the reviews, IDSN has launched an Appeal to UN Member States, Special Procedures, and...

India: Discrimination against Dalits still rife in Madhya Pradesh village  

Yuva Samvad, Nagrik Adhikar Manch and National Secular Forum conducted an investigation on 2 May 2012 in Maregaon Village of Gadarwara Tehsil of Narsinghpur district and uncovered the following details: Maregoan Village has a population of approximately 2000 individuals. Out of these, 100 families are of the Ahirwar community. Dalits make up most of the agricultural labourers in this area, where Ahirwars (Chamars)...

India: Land and life lost in Bihar 

On April 5, Belwanti Devi was shot to death during a protest in a Musahar colony in the heart of Bihar state capital, Patna. The protest was spurred by a land grab in a Musahar Dalit community where she lived with her family. Her family had lived there for more than a century when Jai Niwas Construction Company (or Amit Constructions) grabbed land located...

India: Adivasis fight mega-dams  

A new “powerhouse” is emerging in the frontier state of Arunachal Pradesh, north-eastern India. Public and private companies have proposed 168 massive dams, to produce 57,000 megawatts of hydropower, in this strategically important region, which borders Myanmar in the east, Bhutan in the west and China in the north. All of these dams are proposed for the upper reaches of the Brahmaputra...

India: Dongria Kondh take mining battle to Supreme Court  

'They want to take these rocks from the mountain. These rocks are the reason our children can live here. Because of these the rain comes. The winter comes, the wind blows, the mountain brings all the water. If they take away these rocks, we’ll all die. We’ll lose our soul. Niyamgiri is our soul.' - Dongria Kondh man (from Mine – Story of a Sacred...

UK/India: Dalit Documentary Screening at East End Film Festival 

Screening at this year's East End Film Festival on Saturday 7th July, 2pm at Rich Mix, Jai Bhim Comrade is a powerful documentary focusing on the spirit of resistance among the oppressed Dalit caste in India.For more information please visit: www.eastendfilmfestival.com. Shot over 14 years, veteran director Anand Patwardhan explores the plight of the Daltis, an oppressed caste in India more commonly...

India: Mining, conflict and Adivasis 

Numbering 85 million, India’s 600 Scheduled Tribes or adivāsis (‘original people’) are kaleidoscopically diverse and make up nearly a quarter of the world’s indigenous peoples. Concentrated in an area of central and eastern India that stretches from Maharashtra to West Bengal, many tribal groups share their homelands with some of the most significant mineral deposits in the world – resources which have attracted increasing...

India: Rehabilitation drive for manual scavengers 

Following a reprimand from the authorities in New Delhi for failing to curb manual scavenging, the state government of West Bengal has pledged to rehabilitate people who are still engaged in this inhuman practice. According to the Telegraph, a Kolkata newspaper, there may be as many as 12,000 manual scavengers left in the state, even though the practice which forces Dalits to empty dry...

India: Community groups campaign for religious freedom 

In 2008, communal violence broke out in Kandhamal district of India’s Odisha state, when Christian minorities were attacked by extremists from the majority Hindu community.A local NGO, the Centre for the Sustainable use of Social and Natural Resources (CSNR) was formed in response, to protect the rights of religious minorities. ‘We are advocates for victims of communal violence in Kandhamal’, Dhirendra Panda, the founder of CSNR, explained: ‘For those who are Dalits and Adivasis practising Christianity – for...

India: Kuki blockade Manipur highways in last ditch attempt to force government to dialogue 

Dr Manmohan SinghPrime Minister Govt of India12/11/2012 Subject: Political dialogue with the Kukis, represented by KSDC and Kuki Militant OrganisationsHon'ble Prime Minister,Prior to the advent of the Biritsh colonialists, the Kukis were an independent people, ruled by their noble Chieftains. The Meitei people of present-day Manipur and the Kukis co-existed in peace, politically independent of each other. From time to time, the...

India: Kuki State Demand Committee launch "Quit Kuki Land" Movement 

THE TIMES OF INDIA TNN | Jan 22, 2013, 06.35 AM IST CHURACHANDPUR: The agitating Kuki State Demand Committee (KSDC) has announced the launch of its 'Quit Kuki Land' movement, incorporating a series of stirs including an indefinite roadblock in 'Kuki areas' of Manipur from Thursday evening. "If the government continues to ignore our longstanding legitimate demand for creation of a separate...

India: Scavengers’ march sends message of hope 

After travelling thousands of kilometres through 18 Indian states, the Maila Mukti Yatra – a march to eradicate manual scavenging – concluded today with an event in New Delhi. The attendance by high level officials from the Government of India as well as the United Nations is a measure of the Yatra’s success.Copenhagen (IDSN), 31 January 2013 – Thousands of former and present manual...

India: Dalit women face violence and barriers to justice 

Three reports by MRG’s partner organizations in India paint a disturbing picture of violence against Dalit women and their access to justice.Research by the Navsarjan Trust shows that just 0.7 per cent of gender-based violence cases involving Dalit women result in a conviction, and around half of cases have stalled in the legal system. EVIDENCE, an organization that has been involved in more than...

India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal: Call for UN focus on Dalit women - MRG co-host event 

IDSN has urged UN member states to recognise Dalit women as a particularly vulnerable group in the upcoming annual resolution in the Human Rights Council on violence against women.Dalit women are frequently subjected to multiple forms of discrimination and violence due to their caste as well as their gender. This issue will be discussed at a side event at the UN Human Rights Council...


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