National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Chairman Kazi Reazul Hoque has underscored the need for special tribunal to expedite trial of human trafficking cases and punishment to offenders to end the crisis.
He was addressing a consultative meeting jointly organized by NHRC and BRAC at the commission’s head office in Karwan Bazar in the capital on Tuesday.Terming human trafficking a gross violation of human rights, he said the incidents of taking people, including women and children, from one place to another goes unabated despite the government’s frantic effort to stop it.
The people, who fell prey to the human traffickers, are facing serious problems abroad, he said.
He said the government enacted Prevention and Suppression of Human Trafficking Act 2012 to contain the human trafficking, but the legal instrument is yet to be applied properly.
Drawing a difference between legal provision and real situation, he said section 19 of the anti-trafficking law sets a deadline of 90 days to finish trafficking case investigation which is not being followed properly.
Section 21 of the law provides for constitution of special tribunal to try the human trafficking cases, but such tribunals are yet to be formed, said Kazi Reazul Hoque.
He said none of the district has got special tribunal for trial of human trafficking cases. Women and Children Repression Prevention tribunals, which are already overburdened with cases, are dealing with human trafficking matters.“I request the government to constitute special tribunals to try human trafficking cases. If special tribunals are constituted, affected people and victims will get justice,” he said.
The NHRC chairman demanded a hike in budgetary allocation to tackle human trafficking.
The commission will send a letter to the government seeking more money in the sector, he said.
NHRC full-time member Nazrul Islam, commission director (compliant and investigation) Al Mahmud Faizul Kabir, home affairs joint secretary Zinat Ara, social welfare joint secretary Sayeda Salma, women and children affairs ministry’s deputy secretary Gaziuddin Mohammad Munir, expatriate welfare and overseas employment deputy secretary Md Aminur Rahman, human rights lawyer Salma Ali, BRAC director KM Morshed, and its head of migration Sariful Hasan were present on the occasion.