Caste Discrimination

CHRGJ staff and IHRC students meet with members of a feminist Dalit organization in Lele, Nepal, in Spring 2010.

More than 250 million people worldwide continue to suffer under a hidden apartheid of segregation, modern-day slavery, and other extreme forms of discrimination, exploitation, and violence, all because of the caste into which they are born. These individuals’ “low-caste” status imposes enormous obstacles to their full attainment of civil, political, economic, social, and cultural rights.

The IHRC has played a critical role in exposing and denouncing India’s failure to uphold its international legal obligations to ensure the rights of Dalits (so-called untouchables), and in connecting Dalit advocates in India to U.N. human rights forums. The IHRC has also worked with partners in Nepal to ensure that the country complies with its international human rights obligations to secure substantive equality for Dalits and other marginalized communities during this critical period in Nepal’s transition to a constitutional democracy.

To learn more about these projects, please visit:

Caste Discrimination and Transitional Justice in Nepal

Caste Discrimination in India

Dalit activists march at the World Social Forum, 2004.