Signature campaign on a 10 point claims to prevent human trafficking
1. Rescue the people stranded at sea as soon as possible and keep them in the shelter camp of the destination country and assure humanitarian support to them and according to the “Human Trafficking Deterrence and Suppression Act 2012” bring back the people who are in the shelter camp of Malaysia or Indonesia to the countries of origin as soon as possible.
2. List down the names of Bangladeshi citizens who have been missing while attempting to migrate to Malaysia via sea route till now. Identify the dead bodies of Bangladeshi citizens found from various mass graves through DNA test and inform the families about it. Complete the religious rituals of funeral respectfully in the destination country or bring back the dead bodies to the countries of origin with the consent of the families.
3. List down the names and bring back the people who are victims of trafficking and are imprisoned in the jails or in the camps in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and Myanmar as soon as possible.
4. All trafficked Bangladeshi citizens who are imprisoned in jails or prisoner camps of Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and Myanmar those of who will be brought back home, those who are missing and those who are dead and their families must be provided with financial support and other necessary support for social and sustainable economic reintegration in accordance to the “Human Trafficking Deterrence and Suppression Act 2012”
5. List down and declare appropriate punishment for the people who are involved in trafficking according to the “Human Trafficking Deterrence and Suppression Act 2012” and set an example so that nobody else dares to commit this detestable crime in future. For the purpose of trial witness is required, as a result every person’s statement who are currently imprisoned in jails, shelter camps or prisoner camps of various countries should be taken and preserved so that due to weak or lack of witnesses the trials are not delayed. 6. List down and arrest the group of middleman involved in human trafficking at home as soon as possible. If they cannot be arrested due to their submission, then a deadline should be declared for surrendering. If a middleman fails to surrender within the given deadline then all his wealth will be captured, detained or seized according to the clause 27 of “Human Trafficking Deterrence and Suppression Act 2012”
7. According to the clause of “Human Trafficking Deterrence and Suppression Act 2012” give indication and form tribunal to complete the legal procedures so that soon the complaints related to human trafficking are filed and investigated.
8. Since people of more than one country is involved in this crime, so to investigate and take joint legal actions the government of Bangladesh under the clause of “Human Trafficking Deterrence and Suppression Act 2012” will sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the associated country so that the group of middlemen both at home and abroad are identified and brought under trial.
9. Though the government of Bangladesh has accepted the “Human Trafficking Deterrence and Suppression Act 2012” but there are yet no rules for its implementation. As soon as possible a guideline should be prepared and the implementation of the act has to be assured. According to the clause 43 of “Human Trafficking Deterrence and Suppression Act 2012”and human trafficking prevention law a national human trafficking suppression organization was supposed to be formed but it has not been formed yet. So that people are not trafficked via any means through sea, air or by road from Bangladesh, a national human trafficking suppression organization or a national committee consisting of the Ministry associated with human trafficking deterrence, non-governmental organizations, experts, lawyers and journalists has to be formed. To implement the initiative that has been taken nationally to prevent human trafficking, participation of the national committee has to be ensured as mentioned above. Even after the indication of the formation of human trafficking prevention committee in every district, sub-district and union according to the clause of the Ministry of Home Affairs, it has not been formed or implemented properly. The government or the respective ministry has to play a role in implementing it. The representative of such a committee, government officers, influential people of the society, NGOs that work for promoting safe migration and representatives from non-governmental organizations has to be ensured.
10. Under the initiative and leadership of the government of Bangladesh a taskforce of South and South-Asian countries needs to be formed to prevent human trafficking.
Publish Date: Jul 3, 2015