Human trafficking prevention requires concerted efforts : Anisul
Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Anisul Huq termed human trafficking as the worst form of human rights violation. “It happens all over the world and Bangladesh is no exception. He said that it is not possible to suppress or prevent this crime by law alone. This requires a concerted effort” he said.
He was speaking as the chief guest at the inaugural function of a training workshop on ‘Human Trafficking, Relevant National and International Law and Ensuring Justice’ at Sonargaon Hotel in the capital. The workshop was attended by 23 judges of the Tribunal for the Suppression of Human Trafficking and Violence against Women and Children.
The law minister said that at present human trafficking has become a major form of organized crime and it is having an adverse effect on the society. It is a new form of modern slavery where traffickers benefit from the torture and exploitation of women, men and children.
Anisul Haque said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s government has adopted a zero-tolerance policy against human trafficking and is taking various steps to fight this heinous crime. As part of this, special importance is being given to speedy disposal of human trafficking cases. Special laws and tribunals have been set up and judges and prosecutors have been appointed. A committee is working under the Ministry of Home Affairs. A monitoring cell has been set up at the police headquarters to collect and analyze information related to human trafficking.
Director General of the Judicial Administration Training Institute Justice Nazmun Ara Sultana presided over the ceremony. Golam Sarwar, Earl R. Miller, US Ambassador to Bangladesh, Lizbeth Joneveld, Chief of Party for FSTIP Activities at USAID’s WinRock International, and Golam Kibria, Director of the Institute for Judicial Administration Training, spoke on the occasion.