Speakers at a dialogue on Tuesday urged the government to introduce speedy trial courts to dispose of the fraudulence cases filed by migrant victims for their immediate remedy.
Speaking at a dialogue on ‘Protecting Migrants Rights: Challenges on Implementing Overseas Employment Act 2013’, senior lawyers, migrant rights campaigners and civil society members demanded bringing the recruitment middlemen under the legal framework through amendment of existing laws to protect the migrant workers from getting cheated.
A community based migrants’ rights organization, WARBE Development Foundation, organized the dialogue at the CIRDAP Auditorium in the city.
Lawmaker and member of Parliamentarian Caucus on Migration and Development Roksana Yasmin Suty was the chief guest at the dialogue, attended by lawyers from Supreme Court and Judge Courts and civil society people.
Lawmaker Roksana said that law has been made for the human being and if necessary the law could be amended to ensure benefits of the people.
Presiding over the dialogue, the president of Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh, advocate Manzill Murshid said that there was culture of disobeying the laws in Bangladesh by the people mainly due to lack of enforcement of law.
He stressed the need for creating awareness about the Overseas Employment Act 2013 for its effective enforcement to deal the cases of the migrant workers.
Advocate Manzill Murshid observed that issues of politically ousted migrants from the country should be incorporated in the Overseas Employment act.
Supreme Court Advocate Raihan Miah said the fraudulence cases filed by the country’s migrant workers should be tried under the speedy courts to get their remedy quickly.
Lawyer Shimanta Siraj said that it was necessary to amend the Overseas Employment Act 2013 to specifically mention the timeframe of investigation of the cases to be filed under the overseas employment act 2013.
Otherwise, the victim migrants could not get their remedy in short time, he said.
WARBE Development Foundation secretary general Faruque Ahmed said that the government and the recruiting agencies should have to take joint initiatives to bring the middlemen under the legal frameworks to protect the migrant workers.
He also demanded the introduction of the speedy court to dispose of the cases of the migrant workers under the existing laws to punish perpetrators without delay.
Bangladesh Ovibashi Adhikar Forum chairman Nazmul Ahsan said that the victim migrants were not getting justices due to lack of enforcement of law.
Presenting keynote paper at the dialogue, WARBE Development Foundation director Jasiya Khatoon said that it was urgently needed to implement the overseas employment to ensure safe migration and protect the migrants from harassment of the middlemen.
Due to non-enforcement of laws, the Bangladeshi migrant workers were facing many problems at home and abroad, she said.