Seminar organised by Bangladesh Dalit Parishad and NGO Parittran
The hearing was held by the Bangladesh Dalit and Excluded Rights Movement.
Kabir Akon, a child rights campaigner who works for Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust, says that the complexity of class and caste is one of the main reasons it is so hard to improve labor conditions.
BDEWF has been fighting against the work and descent based discrimination, working in building leadership within Dalit women community, providing organizational capacity & professional skill training and organizing awareness activities along with taking existence principles in national and international level to eliminating the discrimination practices to Dalits and working for effective implementation of those.
IDSN overview of references to caste-based discrimination in Bangladesh in reviews and reports of UN human rights mechanisms (Treaty Bodies, Universal Periodic Review, Special Procedures). The Treaty Bodies section contains a thematic overview of issues and recommendations from treaty body reviews of Bangladesh on caste-based discrimination. The UPR section contains an overview of recommendations made on caste-based discrimination and the government’s response. And the Special Procedures section contains extracts on caste-based discrimination from the reports of the four Special Rapporteurs who have addressed the issue. The overview also includes a list of relevant upcoming UN reviews of Bangladesh
Thirty-one parliamentarians from India, Nepal, Pakistan and Bangladesh gathered for a meeting of the Asian Parliamentarians’ Forum on Dalit Concerns in Kathmandu, at the fringes of the 2014 SAARC meeting. The former Prime Minister of Nepal, Baburam Bhatttarai, delivered a remarkable keynote speech, calling for an international framework and a regional thematic approach to eliminate caste discrimination, and cooperation between South Asian parliamentarians for a common agenda.
Dalit women from Nepal, India and Bangladesh joined hands to assert their rights at a rally in Kathmandu, at the fringes of the people’s SAARC meeting. Hundreds of Dalit women from across Nepal gathered at the FEDO National Dalit Women conference, to put Dalit women’s rights on the agenda and In India several long marches and mass gatherings of Dalit women took place throughout November and December.
On the occasion of World Dignity Day, Bangladesh Dalit rights organisations arranged a colourful rally, human chain, road strikes, street gathering and mass mobilization to protest against caste discrimination highlighting the demand of immediate enactment of anti-discrimination act.
Dalits marched in Bangladesh to demand that the Government enact anti-discrimination legislation. The Bangladesh Dalit and Excluded Rights Movement also organised a seminar on housing and land rights for Dalits.
Dalit rights activists in Bangladesh are urging the Government to enact new anti-discrimination legislation that will offer Dalits in Bangladesh increased protection of their rights.
Bangladesh: Seminar held to improve water and sanitation for Dalits. The Bangladesh Dalit and Excluded Rights Movement (BDERM) organised a seminar on government and non-government interventions for improving the water and sanitation situation of Dalit communities titled ‘Water & Sanitation: Accessibility & Reality of Dalit Community’.
“The intergenerational nature of caste-based discrimination condemns women to a life of exclusion, marginalization and disadvantage in every sphere of life. Many of those women are denied an education and economic opportunities, and perform dangerous and unprotected work, including … modern forms of slavery,” stated the SR on Violence against Women, Ms. Rashida Manjoo, in her report following her mission to India.
'Untouchables' in Bangladesh hope proposed legislation can combat years of marginalisation. By Syes Tashfin Chowdhury