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National Human Rights Commission Chairman Kazi Reazul Hoque has said there is no alternative but to constitute a tribunal for speedy disposal of human trafficking cases.
It is difficult to accept the horrific description of persecution of Bangladeshi people who went to various countries including the Middle East. It is not possible to stop human trafficking by only catching the small fries, the kingpins behind the crime, who are sitting abroad, must be brought to justice. Kazi Reazul Hoque made these remarks while addressing a consultation meeting styled ‘Combating Human Trafficking’ jointly organised by National Human Rights Commission and BRAC at BRAC Center in the capital on Wednesday.
The HRC chairman said, “Development and safety are inter-related; one cannot go without the other.”
“Many people are trafficked because of lack of knowledge about necessary information. Many do not know the language of the country where they go for work,” he continued, “Those who are going abroad need to be trained properly before going. Police at the airport will have to be more cautious. Police report must be completed in the fastest time to bring the victims back home. They need to sign a bilateral agreement with different countries, including the Middle East.”
Nazrul Islam, full-time member of the National Human Rights Commission presided over the meeting.
He said, “The formation of the tribunal is not only in the stage of the claim but has gone into obligation. All non-governmental organizations will work together to combat crimes like trafficking. The National Human Rights Commission will play the role of coordinator in this regard.”
Additional Secretary (Political and ICT) to home ministry Abu Bakar Siddique, who addressed the meeting as special guest, said people must shed the tendency to go abroad. Many times, people do not tell the truth when they are not in danger.
“The government is continuously monitoring the border management to stop human trafficking,” he said, adding, “We are mulling forming a central committee as well as district committee to monitor the human trafficking cases.”