Tribunals in 7 divisions for quick disposal of trafficking cases: Minister (United News of Bangladesh)

Dhaka, May 27 (UNB) Law Minister Anisul Haque on Wednesday said tribunals will be set up in the country’s seven divisions for the quick disposal of human trafficking cases.

The Law Ministry has already sent letters to the Finance and Public Administration Ministries for taking necessary steps in this connection, he told reporters on Wednesday after a meeting with Swedish Ambassador to Bangladesh Johan Frisell at the Secretariat.

He noted the tribunals will be set up under the Prevention and Suppression of Human Trafficking Act 2012 to quickly dispose of human trafficking cases.

As per the clause 21 (1) of the Prevention and Suppression of Human Trafficking Act 2012, for the purpose of the speedy trial of offences under this act, the government may, by notification in official gazette, establish an Anti-human Trafficking Offence Tribunal consisting of a judge of the rank of a Sessions Judge or Additional Sessions Judge in any district.

However, the minister said, the tribunals at the division level will be more effective in disposing of the human trafficking cases as the victims cannot have the access to justice in the courts of those districts where the crime is taking place.

Until the tribunals are formed, the trial of human trafficking cases will be conducted in special courts established under the Prevention of Oppression Against Women and Children Act 2000, he added.

So far, 757 human trafficking cases have been filed in different areas of the country. And charge-sheets in 200 of the cases have been submitted while 12 disposed of.

The government move came amid the growing human trafficking as hundreds of Rohingyas and some Bangladeshis have landed in overcrowded boats on the shores of various Southeast Asian countries on their sea voyage to Malaysia as human smugglers abandoned their boats because of crackdowns by authorities.

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