Failure in sending people to Malaysia under the government-to- government (G2G) arrangement led to human tracking and tragedy, it was stated at a national dialogue Sunday.
“Government’s failure in G2G programme has prompted the illegal human trafficking across the sea routes,” National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Chairman Prof Dr Mizanur Rahman told the meet.
He also identified lack of trial of persons responsible for the menace and reluctance of some embassy people as some other reasons behind the human trafficking.
The chief of the HR watchdog also wouldn’t rule out the involvement of some political persons in the human-trafficking racket.
“There are plenty of laws, but these are not being implemented due to dearth of judges,” he said, stressing the need for formation of a National Anti-Human Trafficking Authority to combat the human trafficking.
He also urged the government to open helpdesk in Bangladesh missions abroad to help the Non-Resident Bangladeshis (NRBs) who send huge remittances every year.
The NHRC chief also called for signing MoU with Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia to deal with human trafficking.
Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, who attended the programme as the chief guest, agreed that huge number of cases remained unresolved mainly due to inefficiencies on part of Public Prosecutors and their assistants.
He also stressed the need for more efficiency in case of police officials who also fail to make proper investigation.
The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on HIV and AIDS and Migration, the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Human Rights and Bangladesh Jatiya Sangsad jointly organized the national dialogue at a city hotel to discuss the latest situation of human trafficking and tasks to overcome the crisis.
Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali, also a special guest, sought cooperation of all in the combat against trafficking which took a serious turn in recent days and been getting highlighted in national and international media.
The recent discovery of mass graves of the victims of trafficking in Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia has pushed the government to think about the heinous practice of ‘modern-slavery’ through trafficking.
Presided over by Deputy Speaker Advocate Md. Fazle Rabbi Miah, the programme was also addressed, among others, by State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Meher Afroz Chumki, Md. Israfil Alam MP, Pankaj Debnath MP, Waresat Hussain Belal MP, Inspector-General of Police AKM Shahidul Haque. Rapid Action Battalion Director-General Benazir Ahmed and Director- General of Bangladesh Coast Guard Rear Admiral M Moqbul Hossain and General Secretary of APPG Shishir Shil.
Former foreign minister Dr Dipu Moni moderated the programme where two keynote papers on human trafficking were presented by IOM (International Organisation for Migration) mission chief Sharat Das and Environment Secretary (acting) Dr. Kamal Uddin Ahmed.
Speakers at the meeting highlighted the urgency of developing public awareness, enhancing law enforcement and inter-agency coordination, creating resistance through better livelihood and employment opportunities for affected communities.
Many of the speakers identified Rohingya refugees as the root cause of the human trafficking.