International Migrants Day is being celebrated in Bangladesh on Wednesday along with other countries of the globe with befitting manner.
On occasion of the day, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has said that ‘all migrants are entitled to equal protection of all their human rights. On this International Day, I urge leaders and people everywhere to bring the Global Compact to life, so that migration works for all.’
Throughout human history, migration has been a courageous expression of the individual’s will to overcome adversity and to live a better life. Today, globalization, together with advances in communications and transportation, has greatly increased the number of people, who have the desire and the capacity to move to other places.
This new era has created challenges and opportunities for societies throughout the world. It also has served to underscore the clear linkage between migration and development, as well as the opportunities it provides for co-development, that is, the concerted improvement of economic and social conditions at both origin and destination.
In Bangladesh, Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Imran Ahmad inaugurated the programs of International Migrants Day in the capital city Wednesday morning.
The minister led a colourful rally that was brought out in the city’s Manik Miha Avenue. Government officials, migrant rights campaigners and representatives from international organizations joined the rally.
Solidarity Center’s Bangladesh Country Program Director Jon Hartough and Solidarity Center’s senior Program Officer Dr Lily Gomes joined the rally expressing solidarity with the migrant workers and other organizations.
EWOE ministry secretary Salim Reza, additional secretary Dr Ahmed Munius Saleheen, WARBE Development Foundation chairman Syed Saiful Haque, BOMSA general secretary Sheikh Rumana, OKUP executive director Omar Faruque Chowdhuy, RMMRU director Marina Sultana, BNSK director Khaleda Sarker amog others were present at the rally.
When asked, Shirin Lira from PROKAS program of British Council said that ‘all of our partner organizations in Bangladesh have joined the rally of International Migrants Day.’
In sidelines of the rally, Syed Saiful Haque viewed that ‘We have been demanding the protections of migrants since 1997. Still now our demand is to ensure safe and dignified migration from Bangladesh.’
Asked, OKUP executive director Omar Faruque Chowdhuy who had previously sought attention of the head of the government to put emphasis on labour migration sector said that ‘I am very happy to know that our Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will join the migrants Day program.’
In a message, OKUP said that Bangladesh Started official celebration of the Day since 2008 together with migrants’ organization, CSOs, UN agencies, and private sectors.
‘We, OKUP – a migrants’ organization, salute all migrant workers and their families for their significant contributions home and abroad. We expect that the governments of all origin and destination countries will ensure rights and dignity of all migrants around the world.’
The government of Bangladesh decided to hold the main function to celebrate the day tomorrow at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.