National Human Rights Commission chairman Kazi Reazul Hoque on Saturday urged the government to repatriate the smuggled Bangladeshis who were detained in different countries.
He was speaking at a seminar titled ‘Combating Trafficking: Repatriation of Victims of Trafficking’, organised by NHRC in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme at a city hotel.
The NHRC chairman stressed the need for strict enforcement of the existing anti-trafficking laws to combat human trafficking from Bangladesh.
Reazul Hoque said that though the Prevention and Suppression of Human Trafficking Act 2012 provided for setting up a special tribunal but it was yet to be established in last seven years.
‘The tribunal should be formed immediately,’ he said.
Speaking at the first session of the daylong seminar, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said that 495 foreigners were detained for illegally entering Bangladesh and 57 of them were sentenced for various offences.
Human traffickers lure Bangladeshi nationals offering fake jobs and such people land in different countries as victims of trafficking, he said.
The home minister called for concerted efforts to ensure that nobody left the country being lured with false hope.
The government is enforcing the law to check human trafficking from Bangladesh, he said, adding that a counter-trafficking committee had been formed in every district of the country.
International Organisation for Migration Bangladesh Chief of Mission Giorgi Gigauri said that it was essential to find out the ways of how human trafficking took place in Bangladesh and all should work together to stop human trafficking.
Lawmaker Nahim Razzaq, among others, spoke at the seminar.
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