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United Nations (UN) Human Rights Chief to speak out on caste-based rape and violence

June 16, 2014 | By

New Delhi, India (June 12th, 2014): According to a press release sent to the Sikh Siyasat News by International Dalit Solidarity Network (IDSN), [o]n Tuesday 17th June the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms. Navi Pillay, will give the opening statement at a side-event on caste-based violence against women, at the UN Human Rights Council. The event comes following a series of brutal rape cases against Dalit women and the rape and hanging of two teenage cousins in India.

Brutal murder of two Dalit girls after rape

Brutal murder of two Dalit girls after rape

The side-event entitled “Caste-based Violence against Women: The role of the UN in combatting caste-based violence and discrimination,” takes place on 17/6 from 13:00-15:00 in room XXIII at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. The side-event is sponsored by Human Rights Watch, International Movement against all forms of Discrimination and Racism (IMADR), Minority Rights Group, Franciscan International, Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development and organised in association with International Dalit Solidarity Network (IDSN). Live tweeting from the event will be on and a live webcast may also be arranged.

Dalit women leaders, the UN Women Policy Director, the OHCHR Chief of the Human Rights, Economic and Social Issues Section and the UN Independent Expert on Minority Issues, and a Human Rights Watch Fellow will also be speaking at the event.

The event will address sexual and other forms of violence against Dalit women and explore with United Nations stakeholders how to take comprehensive and urgent action on this issue. Dalit women human rights defenders will speak of the reality on the ground in South Asia and a preview of a documentary on the Dalit women’s fight for justice in India will be screened at the opening of the event.

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