Bangladesh has emphasized the importance of legislative frameworks, partnerships and effective international cooperation to prevent and suppress human trafficking.
“We must address root causes of trafficking driven by multiple factors including climate vulnerability, conflict and displacement” said Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the UN Rabab Fatima at two-day high-level meeting held at the UN headquarters concluded on Tuesday (Nov 23).
Ambassador Rabab Fatima emphasized the importance of robust legislative frameworks, multi-stakeholder partnerships and effective international cooperation to prevent and suppress human trafficking. She highlighted various legislative, policy and institutional measures undertaken by the government of Bangladesh to curb trafficking.
“We recognize the close nexus between human trafficking and human smuggling, including labour trafficking, and our national law defines human trafficking in the most comprehensive manner, in line with Palermo Protocol,” Rabab Fatima said added.
In Bangladesh, successive National Action Plans, which are aligned with the SDG implementation plan and the national development plans, has improved the response to human trafficking.
Ambassador Fatima also recognized the role of NGOs, civil society and other community-based organizations in awareness raising and also in providing supports to the victims.
The Bangladesh’s UN envoy also drew attention to the vulnerability of the Rohingya population sheltered in Bangladesh to trafficking, as there is no progress in their return to Myanmar, leading to desperation.
Referring to the devastating impacts of COVID on informal sector and returnee migrants, Ambassador Rabab Fatima called for decent livelihood opportunities and their inclusion in the COVID recovery plans.
The two day-long high-level event was organized pursuant to General Assembly resolution on Trafficking in Persons to appraise progress achieved in the implementation of the Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons. A political declaration was adopted as an outcome to the High-level meeting.
On the sidelines of the High-level Meeting Bangladesh Permanent Mission also co-organized a high-level on fighting human trafficking along with the missions of Austria, Bangladesh, Nigeria, the State of Qatar, United Kingdom, and UNODC.