US encourages Bangladesh to accede to Palermo Protocol

Md Owasim Uddin Bhuyan | Published: 01:53, Sep 16,2019


The United States is encouraging Bangladesh to accede to the Palermo Protocol to prevent, suppress and punish trafficking in persons, especially women and children.

Speaking at a workshop, US Embassy’s political and economic affairs counsellor Brent T. Christensen said Sunday that his country commended Bangladesh for its intention to accede to the protocol.

The National Consultative Workshop on Comprehensive Responses to Trafficking in Persons was jointly hosted by IOM Bangladesh, the ministries of Foreign and Home Affairs with financial support from the US State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs.

If Bangladesh accedes it would be the 174th country to do so.

He also assured continuation full support to Bangladesh in the fight against human trafficking.

From providing police training on human trafficking law to assistance with trafficking victims shelters, to consulting on new institutional frameworks, the United States has been consistently Bangladesh’s partner in combatting human trafficking, he said.

About US state Department’s 2019 TIP report, he said that Bangladesh was ranked in the Tier 2 Watch List, for the third year in a row.

Bangladesh has a good law but the focus must be on its enforcement, he said adding that the US would expect Bangladesh to address the concerns the State Department ‘outlined in the TIP Report.’ 

The TIP report advises Bangladesh to ‘significantly increase prosecutions and convictions for trafficking offenses’

Three Palermo protocols were adopted by the UN to supplement the 2000 Convention against Transnational Organized Crimes.

They include, ‘The Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children’, ‘The Protocol Against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air’ and ‘The Protocol Against the Illicit Manufacturing and Trafficking in Firearms.’

These protocols and conventions are within the jurisdiction of the UN Office on Drugs and Crimes.

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