The World Day Against Trafficking in Persons has been observed in the country as elsewhere across the globe with a theme “Call Your Government To Action”.
The USAID funded Bangladesh Counter Trafficking-In-Persons (BC/TIP) program of Winrock International organized a human chain followed by a discussion meeting in collaboration with the Ministry of Home Affairs of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh on July 30, 2019 to commemorate the day in a befitting manner.
The USAID granted and Winrock International implemented Bangladesh Counter Trafficking-In-Persons (BC/TIP) program organized a human chain to observe the World Day Against Trafficking-In-Persons 2019 in front of the National Press Club, Dhaka on July 30.
Representatives from UN agencies, international and global development organizations, national NGOs, members of trafficking survivors’ voice ANIRBAN and returnee migrant labourers participated in the human chain.
The participants of the Human Chain urged the government to strengthen the already established coordination among all stakeholders (i.e. government and citizen’s society) to fight human trafficking.
Speakers urged to reduce migration cost, stop illegal visa trade, establish separate tribunal for prosecution of human trafficking cases and monitor recruiting agencies and perilous sub-agents.
Participants holds banners, festoons, placards and posters containing counter trafficking messages in the human chain.
Later on, a discussion meeting was organized at CIRDAP International Conference Center (CICC), Dhaka on July 30 (from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm).
The theme of the meeting was “Call Your government to Action” as decided throughout the world by the UN Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
The meeting brought together representatives UN agencies, experts, international and global development organizations, national NGOs, members of trafficking survivors’ voice ANIRBAN and returnee migrant labourers.
The meeting was started with opening remarks by Liesbeth Zonneveld, COP of Bangladesh Counter Trafficking in Persons, while Advocate Salma Ali attended the meeting as Special Guest. The meeting was moderated by Mr. Nazrul Islam, Program Director, BC/TIP-Winrock International.
In the opening remarks, Liesbeth Zonneveld portrayed an overall scenario of TIP situations in Bangladesh. S/he urged the government to put importance on the TIP report published by the US State Department and strengthen the coordination among the government of Bangladesh (GoB), international development partners and citizen stakeholders.
In panel discussion, experts emphasized on effective implementation of the National Plan of Action (NPA) for Prevention and Suppression of Human Trafficking, 2018- 2022. Speakers also urged to establish separate tribunal for prosecution of human trafficking cases, reduce migration cost for male migrant workers, fight illegal visa trade, and activate counter trafficking committees (CTCs) at district, Upazila and Union levels.
Afterward, members of trafficking survivors’ voice ANIRBAN and returnee migrant workers also shared their experience regarding TIP situations.
The SpecialGuest urged all to take concerted effort together with the Government of Bangladesh to fight to menace of trafficking.
At the end of the meeting the organizers thanked all guests, panelists and participants for allocating their valuable time. They also called the government to strengthen the already established coordination among the stakeholder to fight against trafficking in persons in the country.