Bangladesh Dalit & Excluded Rights Movement (BDERM) is a National Platform, which launched campaign in 2008 against caste based discrimination through mobilizing Dalit community and rights activists. BDERM dreams of an equal society free from caste based discrimination. The platform is working both at national and international level since its inception. Presently BDERM has 50 districts committee and 7 divisional level coordinators. It’s a membership base movement. Currently 11 Dalit-led NGOs are member of this platform. BDERM has approximately 2000 individual members.
The core objective of BDERM is to take greater campaign and movement initiatives from the grassroots level to national and international level to establish Dalit rights trough organizing Dalit organization and individuals.
There are approximately 160 million people in Bangladesh. Although more than 80 percent of the population are Bengali Muslims, there is still significant diversity in terms of ethnicity, religion, language, etc. The Dalits are one category among these diverse groups who have received special attention in recent years, both internationally and nationally. Development agencies and activists are working on Dalit issues, while the literature on the Dalits continues to evolve, conceptually and empirically.Main Report
Bangladesh has a progressive Constitution, at least on paper, which guarantees the equal rights of all citizens irrespective of sex, caste, creed or race. Articles 27, 28, 29, and 31 seek to establish equality and non-discrimination on the basis of religion and ethnicity and Article 41 states religious freedom for all.Main Report
Dalits, in general, are one of the most marginalized groups in Bangladesh and are ofen subject to discriminatory treatment. They have been oppressed by the dominant groups historically. The majority of the Dalits is very poor, under privileged and has limited job opportunites. Moreover, they are politcally under represented and many of them have to live in inhumane conditons. Socially excluded, they are stgmatzed and isolated from mainstream society.Main Report