Tuesday, February 28, 2012

[ZESTCaste] Fwd: UN report on human rights defenders India | Report on violence against Dalit women | Dalit Network Netherlands| MORE

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From: Gerard Oonk <g.oonk@indianet.nl>
Date: Mon, Feb 27, 2012 at 7:44 PM
Subject: UN report on human rights defenders India | Report on
violence against Dalit women | Dalit Network Netherlands| MORE
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Shocking UN report on human rights defenders in India

The UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders Ms. Margaret
Sekaggya has released a report with a strong focus on the dire
situation of Dalit human rights defenders, following her 2011 visit to
Ms. Margaret Sekaggya has devoted a sub-chapter of her report to
stressing the unacceptable situation faced by Dalit human rights
defenders due to threats and serious human rights abuses based on
caste discrimination and failing systems of justice. "Dalits' rights
activists strive for the promotion and realization of Dalits' civil,
political, economic, social and cultural rights. The range of human
rights violations they suffer is appalling," writes the Special
See the report (and an article about it) here:
http://dalits.nl/english.html (top right)

During the 19th session of the Human Rights Council, on 7th and 8th of
March 2012, two side events will be held on the report. One is
focussing on human rights defenders with regard to tribal and labour
rights, The North-East of India, corporate accountability in Orissa
and the situation of Dalits. The other one focuses on Dalit human
rights defenders.
See for more information on the side events here:
http://dalits.nl/english.html (top right)

New report: Violence against Dalit women rarely punished

The Indian organization Navsarjan Trust, in collaboration with
Minority Rights Group International, has recently released the study
'Gender Violence and Access to Justice for Dalit Women'. The report
finds Dalit women face severe difficulties in accessing justice and
are extremely vulnerable to violence, sexual abuse and other

"If it is a crime to be born a woman in society, it is a bigger crime
to be born a Dalit woman. This, at least, is what a study by human
rights organisation, Navsarjan Trust, says.
While women are normally considered to be vulnerable to atrocities,
women belonging to Scheduled Castes (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST) are
more prone to various crimes. The study shows that it is more
difficult for Dalits to get justice in the court of law for their
traumatic sufferings.
The study indicates that in the cases of violence by non-Dalits on
Dalit women, no non-Dalit accused have been convicted so far, and in
cases of violence by Dalits on Dalit women, there have been
convictions only in six cases.
See the report (and an article about it) here:
http://dalits.nl/english.html (top right)

Dalit Network Netherlands and its advocacy

Do you want to know more about the work of the Dalit Network
Netherlands (member of the International Dalit Solidarity Network,
then please see this brochure:

On our recent work regarding the Dutch Parliament and government on
Dalits, child labour and the EU-India Free Trade Agreement you will
find more information here:

ILO report 'Buried in Bricks': wide-spread (child) bonded labour in
Afghan brick kilns

Bonded labour of adults and children in brick kilns is one of the most
prevalent, yet least known forms of hazardous labour in Afghanistan
says the ILO.
A new ILO study on the phenomenon marks the first attempt to provide a
better understanding of the dynamics of bonded labour in two provinces
of the country. The majority of the workers in the brick kilns are
children. You can find the report, a summary and an interview on the
report here: http://www.ilo.org/global/about-the-ilo/press-and-media-centre/insight/WCMS_172696/lang--en/index.htm

Thijs Berman, Dutch member of the European Parliament and chair of the
Afghanistan Delegation of the Parliament has asked the European
Commission in written questions what they can contribute to change
this situation. See: http://www.indianet.nl/pdf/vr120220e.pdf

Gerard Oonk
director India Committee of the Netherlands
Mariaplaats 4e,  3511 LH Utrecht
tel. 030-2321340
website: http://www.indianet.nl/english.html


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