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NHRC: Immediate formation of tribunal to curb human trafficking

  • Published at 09:04 pm February 27th, 2019
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The National Human Rights Commission Bangladesh (NHRC) Chairman, Kazi Reazul Haque addresses a discussion titled ‘Stakeholders Consultation: Combating Human Trafficking’ at Brac Centre in Dhaka on Wednesday Dhaka Tribune

At least 5,716 cases were filed since the Human Trafficking Deterrence and Suppression Act (2012) was enacted

The National Human Rights Commission Bangladesh (NHRC) Chairman, Kazi Reazul Haque, said on Wednesday that a separate tribunal was needed to resolve pending human trafficking cases in court. 

“This is imperative to curb human trafficking in the country,” the chairman added.

The NHRC chairman made the statement at a discussion titled ‘Stakeholders Consultation: Combating Human Trafficking’ at  Brac Centre in the capital.

“The number of human trafficking cases is piling up in court every year, which is becoming increasingly difficult to deal with. 

“There is no alternative to forming a separate tribunal for speedy disposal of these cases,” said the chairman.

Arresting the middle men is not a sustainable solution, without arresting the kingpins, he added. 

Kazi Reazul said development and security are interconnected as one cannot be achieved without the other. 

He outlined the communication gap between the concerned authorities and migrants seeking work, as the prime cause of human trafficking. 

He also urged the police to submit their probe reports in the earliest possible time for impending cases. 

Shariful Hasan, chief of Brac's Migration Program, delivered the keynote speech at the program. 

“At least 5,716 cases were filed since the Human Trafficking Deterrence and Suppression Act (2012) was enacted, but the case proceedings are not seeing the necessary progress.

“For this reason the country has been placed in the Tier-2 watchlist on the US human trafficking report. Besides, it has been reported that human trafficking is continuing in the name of labour migration.

Emphasizing on establishing tribunals within the shortest possible time, he said the government should provide the necessary budget in this regard.

“Government should at least establish special tribunals in the five district where incidents of human trafficking are most prevalent,” he added.

Speaking of the flawed migration process, Additional Secretary (Political and ICT) of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Abu Bakar Siddique, said: “The government is thinking of forming central and district level coordinated committees to solve the cases immediately.” 

“The government is very concerned about border management right now and is working to restrict illegal migration,” he said.

He also urged people to gather proper insight before migrating abroad, while also seeking assistance from concerned authorities.

Nazrul Islam, full time NHRCB member, Asif Saleh, senior director (Strategy, Communication and Empowerment), BRAC Director KM Morshed, and AKM Masud Ali, executive director of Insidin Bangladesh, were among the others present at the program.