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Sunday, May 31, 2015, Jaishtha 17, 1422 BS, Shaban 12, 1436 Hijr

Migrant victims appeal for rescue of Bangladesh nationals alive
Staff Correspondent
Published : Sunday, 31 May, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM,  View Count : 20
The families of trafficked migrant victims and their relatives appealed to the government to rescue Bangladeshi nationals alive and repatriate them from the detained camps in Thailand and Malaysia.
They made the appeals on Saturday at a press conference held at the National Press Club organized by a total of 19 local migrant rights organizations.
The migrant rights organizations condemned the government and its agencies including Police, Border Guard Bangladesh and Coast Guard for their failure to stop the human trafficking that has turned alarming over the years.
Fulmoti Begum from Sharsa of Jessore said her husband Faruk Hossain with the assistance of local broker Sumon had left home for Malaysia in early April spending Tk 1,80,000.
She could not gather any information about her husband who was sent to Malaysia by boats from Cox's Bazar.
Victim Dhiraj Kumar Biswas from Sultanpur of Rajbari said he agreed to migrate to Malaysia by boat being motivated by local brokers and later suffered immensely due to shortage of food, water, payment of ransom money and physical tortures.
He said although he could escape from traffickers in Thailand, but many detained migrants from Bangladesh and Myanmar were killed in jungles and seas on way to Malaysia.
Selina, a mother of trafficked Rakib Khan from Shippur in Narsingdi said that her son left home without consultation and last called from a boat in Coxes Bazar on April 17.
Bangladeshi Ovhibashi Mohila Sramik Association Chairperson Lily Jahan said that the human traffickers were sending young people illegally by promising to give good jobs in Malaysia.
'God fathers of human trafficking are very influential,' she said, adding that the mastermind should be identified and punished.
CARAM Asia regional coordinator Harun Al Rashid criticised government and political leaders for failing to tackle the issue of 'kidnapping' the migrants which have been taking place in Bay of Bengal over last many years.
The organisers include, Ain O Salish Kendra, Awaj Foundation, BASTOM, Center for Workers' Solidarity, Bangladesh Institute of Labour Studies, Labour Foundation, Garments and Industrial Workers Federation, Ovibashi Adhikar Forum, Independent Garment Workers Union Federation, Women Workers Initiatives Center, Dhaka Ahsania Mission, INAFI, Manusher Jonnyo Foundation, National Garments Workers Federation, Ovibashi Karmi Unnayan Program, Solidarity Center,  Refugee and Migratory Movement Research Unit and WARBE Foundation.

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