Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said a total of 495 foreigners are now languishing in Bangladesh jails.
Of them, 86 are on bail, but they are still in prisons, as their respective countries refuse to take them back, he said.He came up with the information at a seminar on human trafficking at Pan Pacific Dhaka on Saturday.
National Human Rights Commission organised the event titled ‘Combating Trafficking: Repatriation of Victims of Trafficking’.
The minister claimed that Bangladesh has achieved a remarkable progress in curbing human trafficking and people are now not lured into going abroad, as the country is moving towards double digit economic growth under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
He said that the police department is working to combat human trafficking by forming committees at district level alongside members of Border Guard Bangladesh.
Asaduzzaman also lauded the NHRC role for defending rights of those who have fallen victim to various crimes.
Speaking on the occasion, NHRC Chairman Kazi Reazul Hoque said a huge number of cases on human trafficking issues have been filed, but only a few cases have been disposed of.He said Bangladesh has already adopted the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime in 2011, but yet to adopt UN Trafficking Protocol.
Foreign Affairs Ministry Senior Secretary Shahidul Haque, Home Ministry’s Public Security Division Secretary Mostafa Kamal Uddin, Supreme Court Registrar General Zakir Hossain, Member of Parliament Nahim Razzaq, International Organisation for Migration (IOM) Chief of Mission Giorgi Gigauri and Astec India National Coordinator Manabendra Nath Mandal spoke on the occasion.
NHRC members – Prof Akhter Hussain, Enamul Hoque Chowdhury, also Daily Sun Editor, and Prof Meghna Guhathakurta – were also present in different sessions of the daylong conference.