Bangladesh Dalit and Excluded Rights Movement (BDERM) is a pioneering platform for fighting for Dalit rights in Bangladesh. It is a network of Dalit led CSOs and individuals working for establishing rights of the Dalit and Socially Excluded Community in Bangladesh.
Around 6.5 million Dalit and excluded community people continue to experience the dehumanizing practices linked to untouchability, chronic poverty, Sociocultural deprivation and discrimination based on work and descent in Bangladesh. The constitution of Bangladesh admits citizen's equal rights regardless of their caste, race, ethnicity and religion but the rights of Dalit and excluded community people in Bangladesh always ignored or denied or not recognized and consequently that resulted into segregation, exclusion, exploitation and violence over these people. Dalit peoples are working for the society but peoples of the society treat them as untouchabale and 'lower'. In these circumstances Nagorik Uddyog and Bangladesh Dalit Human Rights (BDHR) jointly organized a consultation meeting on April 20-22 in 2008 at Dhaka. As an outcome of this Consultation meeting Bangladesh Dalit and Excluded Rights Movement (BDERM) has been formed as a national platform of Dalit community.
Goal of BDERM
Building an equal society by eliminating all forms of discrimination against Dalit and Excluded Community on the basis of equality, dignity, prosperity and security.
- To build awareness among Dalit and Excluded community people on socio-economic, cultural, education and political rights.
- To build public awareness against discrimination based on work and descent.
- To make the policy makers sensitive and responsible both government and non-government level to the rights of Dalit and Excluded community people and take initiative.
- To ensure access of Dalit and Excluded to development process and basic service provision.
- To establish network harmony and communication in regional and international level.
- To strengthening capacity of Dalit run organizations and play a catalytic role for internal communication among dalit groups.