Secretary Nomita Halder Accorded Reception in Riyadh
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Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment ministry’s Secretary Dr Nomita Halder and her team members who were on three-day official visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, have been accorded reception.

The reception was given at Bangla-International School and College, established by Bangladeshi expatriates in Riyadh, according to Face book post of a senior official of the ministry.

Bangladesh officials’ team led by Nomita Halder had left for the KSA on Monday and they were supposed to start joining the Joint Technical Committee (JTC) meeting with the Saudi authorities on Tuesday.

During the JTC meeting, Bangladesh team was supposed to discuss the issues of Bangladeshi migrant workers facing problems in that country.

Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training director general Salim Reza, EWOE ministry’s additional secretary Amnul Islam, joint secretary Musharraf Hossain and foreign affairs ministry’s director general Tareq Ahmed were the members of Bangladesh delegation.

Officials in Dhaka said that during the JTC meeting, Bangladesh team would raise the problems which were being faced by Bangladeshi male and female workers in the Kingdom.

The JTC meeting would review the memorandum of understanding signed between the two countries on recruitment workers, they said.

The sensitive issue of female migration would be given top priority at the JTC meeting, they said.

Bangladeshi female workers who are mostly employed as housemaids in the Kingdom are frequently victims of sexual abuses, tortures, non-payment and other problems.

The male workers who have gone to Saudi Arabia under so called free visas were also facing problems in getting jobs there.

Over 1,65,000 women migrant workers from Bangladesh have gone to work in Saudi Arabia since 2016, according to BMET record.

It is a matter of serious concern that good numbers of women domestic migrant workers are getting abused in Saudi Arabia returning home at empty-handed after facing ordeals.

 The testimonies and witnesses of the victim female migrants delivered in the public hearings are too terrible to describe.

Migrants’ rights activists said that incidence of torture, abuse and mistreatment to any migrant either in sending or receiving country were the crimes and severe violation of human rights.

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