Rights group Odhikar on Saturday demanded that the government immediately look into the miseries Bangladeshi migrant workers were going through at privately-run detention centre in Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia.
Odhikar secretary Adilur Rahman Khan made the call at a press conference at their Gulshan office in the capital where he narrated the wretched condition of the Bangladesh migrant workers whom he met during his detention at the centre.
He found 60 people in the detention centre and half of them were Bangladeshi, he said, adding that since the centre is privately run, the detainees must pay for each meal and other services.
‘If you have money, then you will get food. If you don’t, you will have to drink only water,’ said Adilur.
Adilur met migrant worker Imran Hossain, who left Dhaka on July 16 with professional visa and one-way ticket, in the detention centre and said he (Imran) was passing similar condition in the airport.
The rights defender found another woman who travelled to Malaysia to meet her husband who was working there for over 11 years.
The woman was kept confined and was deported to Dhaka on July 20 despite having valid visa.
Odhikar president CR Abrar said it was true that any country could reject anyone despite having valid visa but it should be investigated how a man could travel to Malaysia with a single-ticket without reasonable ground.
‘It is important to investigate whether there are any sinister quarters who are deriving benefits out [of keeping people detained],’ said Adilur.
Rights defenders said a number of Bangladesh government officials had met similar fate and had to return Dhaka without having any explanations of such behavior.
Adilur said Malaysia Human Rights Commission, also known as SUHAKAM, launched an investigation into why he was kept in detainment by their Malaysian immigration police at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on July 20.
Odhikar officials at the press conference said SUHAKAM was trying to discover why Adilur was detained despite that he had submitted all necessary documents in Malaysian high commission in Dhaka, including the invitation paper from the organisers of the 2nd conference of Anti-Death Penalty Asia Network scheduled for July 21-22 in Kuala Lumpur.
‘The reason behind the detention is neither clear to us nor to the Malaysian rights commission… Since the matter is under investigation, I don’t make any comment on the issue,’ Adilur told reporters at the conference.
He, however, said the Malaysian immigration police told him in custody that they had done it at order from ‘very high ups’.
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