The Dalit Human Rights Portal (DHR-PORTAL) is a brand new media tool in Nepal to advance work on eliminating caste-based discrimination and untouchability (CBD&U). This is a system designed to alert government officials, police officials, local organizations, activists, journalists, and common people to incidents of violence and human rights violations committed against Dalits, and to allow for the sharing of the reports on these incidents with local, national, and international organizations.
DHR-PORTAL aims to address major human rights and governance issues of the country related to Dalits. This web-based platform also maps reports from its partner organizations, media, organizations, or those sent directly by individuals. It serves also as a common web forum for government officials, human rights activists, journalists, and community members in Nepal, to share information, network, and take action against all forms of discrimination.
DHR-PORTAL operates with a view to empowering youth to institute processes that contribute to non-discriminatory, democratic, and open communities in which there are no politically or socially excluded minorities.
DHR-PORTAL works on the establishment of regional ties among young people who are capable of fighting against CBD&U. This has been a means to disseminate good practices for eliminating CBD&U and to motivate people through non-Dalit role models to further instil human rights values in the community and bring social change. It is an opportunity for law enforcement agencies and institutions responsible for human rights protection to educate people about their policies and process.
DHR-PORTAL is operated by the Jagaran Media Center JMC) under a project entitled Collective Voice for Human Rights and Dignity – AAWAZ, which been designed to be implemented through a consortium of five organizations SAMATA Foundation, RDN Nepal, JMC, and MDDF under the leadership of NNDSWO. The project will be implemented in five districts (Sunsari, Saptari, Bara, Dailekh, and Kailali) as well as at the national level.
How it Works?
JMC collects news related to Dalit human rights issues through its district-based reporters and collaborators of the AAWAZ project. The information is re-verified by the JMC media team and uploaded to the website. The human rights and security incident reports mapped on this site are distributed via e-mail and text message alerts to dedicated members: the Office of Prime Minister (OPM), Ministry of Home Affairs (MOHA), Police Headquarter (PHQ), NHRC, NDC, Office of the Attorney General (OAG), and general members of a network of over 150 human rights organizations and individuals across Nepal, especially those nearest to incidents.
Send an Appeal Letter: Recipients can re-send the 'urgent appeals' themselves to dedicated members (OPM, MOHA, PHQ, NHRC, NDC and OAG) clicking on the 'SEND AN APPEAL LETTER' button of the Urgent Appeal section. This will draw their attention, help create pressure to take immediate action, and inform.
Subscribe Alerts: Send DHR Portal an e-mail or mobile number that includes a District, City, or VDC name and we will send you human rights violence alerts to your email or mobile. You can also subscribe to alerts, or get involved by submitting reports via an online form, by contacting us, by e-mailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by texting 9818289208. Please write 'sus+your name, organization, and VDC or Village' to receive alerts on your mobile.
Report Incidents: Send us a report through the submit report section with as much detail as possible, including the VDC or Village or City name. You can also send a mobile message including the above detail. We'll put it online where the world can see your report, and send it back to organizations in your community to response the incident. We will respect your privacy if you ask us. You can fill the detailed form here to submit the report.
SMS or call: You can call or text 9818289208 to report an incident.
You can use English or Nepali Fonts, Roman or Unicode, to inform us about the nearest incident happening in your area. Anybody can become a member of this platform and can send contents (blogs, discussions, status, pictures, audio, and videos) related to the caste issue.
You can be a member of the DHR-PORTAL by taking action, volunteering with us, internships, liking and commenting onposts/discussions/pictures/videos, and sharing through Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
Jagaran Media Center JMC): Jagaran Media Center (JMC) is a non-governmental organization established in 2000 by journalists from the Dalit community in Nepal. The organization advocates eliminating caste-based discrimination, promoting a more equitable, inclusive and accountable democracy, promoting environmental justice, and sustainable disaster risk reduction through media mobilization.
JMC has grown over the years and is now considered to be one of the leading rights based media organizations in Nepal. The Center has promoted Dalit empowerment by training Dalits to create their own media. It also produces and broadcasts Katwal Radio Magazine (KRM) and also operates FM radio station Radio Jagaran 93.6 Mhz in Rupandehi District of Nepal. JMC conducts discussion and interaction programs, runs the Dalit Research and Resource Center, features services for gleaning information, produces the acclaimed television serial "Dalan", publishes and distributes books and journals and monitors cases of human rights violations committed against members of the Dalit community.
The organization has been implementing the projects all over the country, and has one western office at Butwal, 75 district representatives, and in collaboration with various community-based FM Radio stations. The JMC national network has 646 KRM listeners clubs, 500 Dalan viewers Clubs, 20 Information center located in Rupandehi, Nawalparasi, and Kapilbastu Districts, as well as district reporters in each district of the country that have been working to meet the JMC mission, vision, and goal collectively.
Nepal National Dalit Social Welfare Organization (NNDSWO): Nepal National Dalit Social Welfare Organization (NNDSWO) is a pioneer organization working towards combating "caste-based discrimination and untouchability’’ and promoting equality and dignity of Dalits in Nepal. NNDSWO, established in 1982, is the very first registered non-government organisation by Dalits for Dalit rights.
NNDSWO is the culmination of the social movement against caste-based discrimination and untouchability that began in 1950s with small groups of Dalit activists in different corners of the country raising their voice against untouchability. The leaders of the time realised the importance of a registered organisation at the national level to unite the movement established. That is how the Nepal National Social Welfare Organisation, later renamed as NNDSWO was borne. The registration of NNDSWO is itself a milestone in the history of the Dalit movement in Nepal. It has become a national platform for Dalit activists working in different corners of the country, establishing district chapters in more than 50 districts at the time of registration. In the same spirit, it has strengthened local initiatives, building linkages with regional and international human rights advocacy.
NNDSWO has been advocating issues from a human rights perspective as CBD&U does not only involve the Dalit community; it is a widespread human rights problem across the nation. As an institution, NNDSWO is evolving gradually, expanding its intervention areas and building on strategic approaches.
SAMATA Foundation: The SAMATA Foundation is officially registered under the Company Act, 2063 BS as a profit-not-sharing organization in 2009. It engages in research, both empirical and policy, and informed-advocacy for the rights of marginalized peoples, especially Dalit social groups both from the Hills and Madhesh. It believes that real change can only be brought about by producing critical youth mass of Dalit and non-Dalit, disseminating knowledge, encouraging civic participation, and preparing individuals from Dalit social groups to become leaders of the next generation. In this matter, it has been engaging in different thematic areas, such as: Democracy and Good governance; Dalit Human Rights; Social Inclusion; Land, Livelihoods and Food Rights; and Culture, Education, and Media.
Rastriya Dalit Network (RDN) Nepal: The Rastriya Dalit Network (RDN) Nepal is a national level movement-based organization having strong networks in the grassroots. Organizations working in the field of Dalits, based on human rights leadership, have been well coordinated and established as a national alliance, RDN, by merging all the visions, goals, and objectives set by the individual organizations. Established in the year 2057 [2000 AD], the Organization has a major objective, to establish the people's movement by cooperation and coordination with the non-governmental organizations working in the field of human rights and social justice, federations, civil movements relating to democracy and peace, and working closely with other organizations working in the field of Dalits, Dalit political organizations, and media organizations. This objective is believed to be fulfilled by creating pressure on Dalit problems relating to political, economic, and socio-cultural aspects. Established as a loose network in the beginning, the umbrella organization was registered in Kailali District Administration Office in the year 2003 AD. The Organization has been affiliated with the Social Welfare Council on the same date. RDN is now established as one of the leading umbrella organizations for Dalit activities in five development regions, Karnali zone as a regional status, and 45 district branches. As a whole, the Organization has a network of more than 100 organizational members and more than 1500 individual members.
Madhesi Dalit Development Federation (MDDF): Madhesi Dalit Development Federation (MDDF) was established in 2062 B.S., as a Federation of Madhesi Dalit-led local NGOs of Terai, from east to west. Currently MDDF has 45 member organisations. Since its establishment, it has been advocating mainstreaming of Madhesi Dalit issues in national development. MDDF has sound networking and collaboration with different organizations based in Tarai/Madhes. It possesses good knowledge and learning on the issues of Madhesi Dalits. It has already an established office in the project district, Saptari. MDDF had been in partnership with UNDP and RDIF/DFID and has implemented projects for the empowerment of Madhesi Dalits.