We have issued E-CONNECT No.18 on 2nd April, 2016.

Feature story

“Challenges of Transitional Justice in Sri Lanka”, UN Human Rights Council must stay engaged 

Sri Lanka_Justice_GroundviewsOn 17th of March, jointly with Franciscans International and Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), IMADR held a side event at the Human Rights Council to share civil society perspectives on the ongoing process to address past crimes and violations. The event called for continuing engagement of the international community. More >>

UN asks Japan to protect and promote the rights of indigenous and minority women

Ainu woman_awee_19On 16th of February, UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) expressed concern on the situation of indigenous and minority women in Japan who belong to Ainu, Buraku and Zainichi Korean communities. The Committee issued strong recommendations to advance their status and protect them from violence and harmful practices. More >>

Universal Periodic Review: Nepal must fulfill its promise to eradicate caste discrimination

Nepal earthquake 2015_Laxmi Prasad Ngakhusi-UNDP NepalOn 16th of March, the Human Rights Council adopted the report of Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Nepal. The government accepted nine recommendations related to caste under the category of “already implemented or in the process of implementation”. Pointing to the weak rule of law and the experience of discrimination in relief efforts after the Earthquake, IMADR and Dalit rights organisations demand Nepal to fully implement the recommendations through effective legal and policy measures while ensuring transparency and the inclusion of Dalits in the design of a national action plan to combat caste discrimination. More >>

IMADR in the world

Human Rights Council31_UN Photo-Jean Marc FerréHuman Rights Council discussed the incompatibility between democracy and racism                                       While governments reaffirmed their commitment to fight against racism and promote democracy, IMADR brought a concern on the lack of implementation of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) and its article 4 to combat racist ideology. More >>

IMADR and its concerns

Special Rapporteur on minority issues-Rita Izsak_UN Photo-Jean Marc FerréMilestone UN report on caste discrimination UN Special Rapporteur on minority issues Rita Izsák presented her epoch report on “Minorities and discrimination based on caste and analogous systems of inherited status”. IMADR underlined the continuing Buraku discrimination in Japan. More >>

IMADR at the UN

CERD89CERD holds the 89th session                             In April, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) will examine the periodic reports of of Azerbaijan, Georgia, Namibia, Oman, Rwanda and Spain. More >>


ICERD and CERD: A Guide for Civil Society Actors More >>