Youth Summit

This leadership summit is a pioneering initiative of council of minorities

Education Program

Scholarship Program for Camp Students

legal Empowerment Paralegal

Community Advocacy

Welcome to
Council Of Minorities

The Council of Minorities is a human rights organization that works for establishing the rights of different minority communities in Bangladesh. Since 2013, the organization has been working for promoting the rights of the Urdu-Speaking people living in various camps spread around the districts of Bangladesh. For establishing legal rights, it has been working for creating awareness among the camp dwellers regarding their birth certificates, death certificates, passports, trade licences, national identity cards, commissioner certificates, bank accounts, general diaries in Thana etc. as well as helping them for obtaining these services. In addition, it has been distributing winter warmers and educational materials every year among minority students. In order to connect the minority youth with mainstream society, the Council of Minorities organizes a youth summit every year.

Our Mission

Human rights of minority communities of Bangladesh, their cultural heritage and language preservation for their economic development, Strengthening education and skill development and launching human rights for promoting women and legal employment.

Our Vision

A peaceful, poverty and violence-free world especially where minority, powerless and marginal, having the same opportunity to live with dignity and hope.

Our Projects

Legal Empowerment Paralegal

The Government of Bangladesh is increasingly requiring documentation as a pre-condition for access to services, including education. It is now compulsory to possess a birth certificate to enroll in school. These requirements are applied to everyone in the country, but disproportionately impact communities such as Urdu-speakers who have been marginalized and seen as non-Bangladeshi (or stateless) for several decades. In 2017, the government raised the fee for a birth certificate application from 10 Taka per year based on the age of the child to a rate of 600 Taka (US $7.60), with the exception for those who apply for a birth certificate within 45 days of the birth of the child, in which case there is no charge (though the window is very short considering it is most often the mother who takes care of the birth certificate).

The 600 Taka fee is out of reach of most Urdu-speaking camp residents and has led to a decrease in the rate of applications for birth certificates over the past few months. Without changes in these policies, ensuring that all Bangladeshis can easily access basic legal identity documentation, access to other services such as education will become more challenging in the future.In 2016 Ahamd Family Foundation started its Access to Justice through Community Paralegal project in Adamjee & Rangpur Camp. Two young paralegals from Rangpur & Adamjee Camps assisting to Camp dwellers to achieve Birth Certificate & Commissioner Certificate. Within one year Rangpur Paralegal assisted to Camp dwellers to get 157 Birth Certificate and 1 Commissioner Certificate and Adamjee Paralegal achieved 93 Birth Certificate and 3 commissioner certificate.

Youth summit

This leadership summit is a pioneering initiative of council of minorities. It is the first ever minority leadership summit in Bangladesh that has been organized annually for the past six years. It was first introduced by Mr. Khalid Hussain, Executive Director of the Council of Minorities & Ms. Hannah Sholder, a community development and affordable housing consultant based in the USA in 2009, when Ms. Hannah Sholder first came to Bangladesh as a full bright scholar to study the land right situation and housing conditions of the camp-dwelling Urdu-speaking community. After being introduced it was later organized in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015 as a leadership training summit for Urdu-speaking youth. Later in 2017 & 2018 the organizers extended their heartfelt welcome to all the youths belonging to different minority and indigenous community and made it the first ever leadership summit based on minority youth and made it free of cost for everyone.

Education Program

In October 2015 COM has started its activities. On the year of 2015 we have established a tutorial center for the 30 students for BBA. We have distributed 40 Laptops for Camp students and provided 2 fellowships to Pharmacology student and BBA student. Both of them are getting 50% fellowship from COM and 50% from OBATHELPERS and these fellowships are still on going.

Advocacy

Nizamuddin Memorial Health Camp conducted 2 medical camps in Adamjee Camp by qualified doctors in order to improve the health and hygiene of the community. Health checkups were conducted to the children, women and senior citizens. Through this service we have provided services to camp dwellers on various problems and also we have provided glasses to eye patients.

Research

Nizamuddin Memorial Health Camp conducted 2 medical camps in Adamjee Camp by qualified doctors in order to improve the health and hygiene of the community. Health checkups were conducted to the children, women and senior citizens. Through this service we have provided services to camp dwellers on various problems and also we have provided glasses to eye patients.

Team Management

Khalid Hussain


Chief Executive

Mohammad Nobi Ul basher

Freelance Consultant

Md. Ali Imran


Program Officer

Mohammad Salim


Data Entry Officer