Chief of parliamentary standing committee on Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment Ministry Anisul Islam Mahmud on Wednesday demanded bringing manpower brokers under the legal coverage.
Anis was speaking as the chief guest at ‘National Consultations on Bangladeshi Migrant Workers Access to Justice: Improving the Arbitration System,’ organised by Ovibashi Karmi Unnayan Program at a posh hotel in the capital.
Anis said that many migrant workers had been facing problems after going abroad under the so called free visas which must be restricted.
He emphasized on enhancing budgetary allocations to strengthen capacity of the Bangladesh missions abroad to provide services to the country’s migrant workers expeditiously.
Speaking as special guest, former chairman of national human rights commission Mizanur Rahman urged the international community to bring pressure on the labour recipient countries to sign and ratify the UN convention 1990.
The UN Convention 1990 protects the rights of the migrant workers and the members of their families.
OKUP chairman Shakirul Islam led the research on ‘Access to justice for Bangladeshi migrant workers: improving the arbitrary system.’
For the study, 110 female domestic workers were interviewed after they had returned from the Middle Eastern countries between January and December 2018.
OKUP chairman said that 110 returned women and girl migrants who survived exploitation and abuse both before their departure and the at their post arrival stages sought justice and compensation through arbitration at BMET’s Arbitration Cell or in civil courts.
OKUP executive director Omar Faruque Chowdhury, Catholic Agency for Overseas Development’s Bangladesh programme officer Richard Slaman, WARBE Development Foundation Syed Saiful Haque, BRAC Migration Programme head Shariful Hasan, migration expert Asif Muneir, BNSK executive director Sumaiya Islam, senior EWOE ministry and BMET officials, returnee migrants spoke at the session.