Bangladesh Parliamentarians Caucus on Migration and Development on Wednesday called for protection of fundamental human rights of all migrant, including those in the irregular status on the countries of origins, transits and destinations.
The migration caucus recommends that the health protection of migrant workers should be given priority and fair and ethical recruitment process needs to be confirmed.
The issues were raised as the Parliamentarian Caucus on Migration and Development organized the consultation on ‘Reflection on Intergovernmental Negotiations on the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration at the CIRDAP auditorium in the city.
Lawmakers, officials from foreign and expat welfare ministries, civil society members, migrant rights activists and senior journalists who took part in the consultation session stressed the need ensuring access to justice of migrants in case of rights violation.
The Bilateral Agreements and Memorandum of Understanding signed between the countries of origins and destinations should ensure compliance with international legal instruments, the caucus recommends.
State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam who was speaking at a consultation chief guest said that the aspirant migrants would have to be protected from all kinds of harassment through introducing ‘fair and ethical recruitment.’
Shahriar Alam said that Bangladeshi domestic workers, doctors who were employed in the United Arab Emirates could now change and extend their jobs.
‘UAE government will take the workers from Bangladesh in phases,’ he said.
About undocumented workers, Shahriar said that the government would bring back undocumented Bangladeshi workers from Europe and other countries to protect labour markets for regular migrants.
Chairman of Parliamentarian Caucus on Migration and Development Md Israfil Alam MP who chaired and moderated the consultation said that it was essential to ensure that all migrants were enjoying their basic human rights everywhere.
Bangladesh as labour sending country has been greatly benefiting from remittances, sent by millions of workers, so the country’s migrant workers should be protected from abuses and deprivations facing at the many destination countries, he said.
The lawmaker urged all concerned to play due role to ensure safe, orderly and regular migration for all migrant workers.
Israfil Alam mentioned said that the caucus has been holding seminars and discussions at divisional and district levels to create awareness about the safe and order migration.
Members of the Parliamentarian Caucus on Migration and Development Adv Hosne Ara Lutfa Dalia MP, Roksana Yasmin Suty and Jebunnesa Afroz who spoke special guests stressed the need for ensuring zero migration cost for the women workers
Foreign ministry’s Director General Nahida Sobhan said that Bangladesh government was frustrated with the zero draft framed by the representatives of Mexico and Switzerland making global compact on migration non-binding.
WARBE Development Foundation chairman Syed Saiful Haque has given a reflection on civil society engagement on Global Compact of Migration.
The Global Compact for safe, Orderly and Regular migration resets on the principles adopted in the charter of the United Nations, The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and core international human rights treaties.
The Zero Draft with 22 core commitments of this compact has been released on 5th February, 2018.
Bangladeshi emphasizes that there has to be a strong inter linkage between the compact and the agenda 2030 for positive contribution of migrants for inclusive growth and sustainable development.
Responding to queries, Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training Director General Salim Reza informed that the Bangladesh has been sending workers to South Korea under the EPS System, a good model of recruitment introduced by both governments.
About female migration, he said that female workers were sent to Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries at free of cost, which was an achievement for migration sector.