Law protecting Dalits' rights demanded
Rights activists yesterday demanded enactment of a law for ensuring equal rights of Dalits and other socially excluded communities of the country.
They came up with the demand at South Asian Consultation on Social, Economic and Legal Protections for Dalit and Socially Excluded Communities held at National Academy for Planning and Development in the capital.
Bangladesh Dalit and Excluded Rights Movement (BDERM) and Nagorik Uddyog jointly organised the two-day long programme, says a press release.
Eminent Human Rights activist Hamida Hossain, chief guest of the two-day long programme, said the discriminatory culture is not being practised in the administration and state machinery, however, has always been practised in the society.
Paul Divakar, general secretary of Dalit Arthik Odhikar Andolon, said all discriminations against the Dalit and other socially excluded communities could be eliminated by launching social and cultural movements.
Rikke Nohrlind, coordinator of International Dalit Solidarity Network, Denmark, said Bangladesh should take initiative to introduce special policy and programmes to eliminate discrimination based on work and descent, the press release added.