Bangladesh government has decided to sign Palermo declaration to combat human trafficking, according to the ministry of foreign affairs.
Foreign secretary Md Shahidul Haque made this announcement on Monday in his twitter account page.
‘Bangladesh decides to sign Palermo declaration to combat human trafficking; indeed a historic moment,’ the FS twitted.
The Palermo protocols are three protocols that were adopted by the United Nations to supplement the 2000 Convention against Transnational Organized Crime.
They are ‘the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children’, ‘the Protocol against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air’ and ‘the Protocol against the Illicit Manufacturing and Trafficking in Firearms.’
These protocols and convention fall within the jurisdiction of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.
Meanwhile, global migration experts and migrant rights activists have praised the government’s decisions, saying that it would help improve the situation of Bangladesh in combatting trafficking in persons.
Bangladesh has been put on Tier 2 Watch List for the third consecutive year in the wake of the government not meeting the minimum standards of trafficking elimination, according to the US State Department’s Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report released in June 2019.
International Organization for Migration (IOM) chief of mission in Bangladesh George Gigauri twitted it calling it as ‘Pivotal moment!’
In his facebook post, BRAC Migration Programme head Shariful Hasan gave the breaking news Tuesday evening.
He thanked the Prime Minister and concerned other all for taking such ‘historic decision’ to combat trafficking.