Bangladesh to join special meeting on human trafficking

Chittagong, Bangladesh: Bangladesh has been invited to join a regional meeting on human trafficking and people smuggling issues to begin in Thailand on May 29, according to May 15, Financial Express of Bangladesh.  The special meeting will discuss the fast increasing exodus of migrants through the Bay of Bengal and the people drifting in boats without food and water in Malacca Strait and the coast of the South-East Asian countries.

The Thai foreign ministry said high official from 15 countries including Bangladesh, Myanmar, Indonesia, Malaysia, hosts Thailand as well as Australia, and the USA will sit in Bangkok in May 29 to deal with human trafficking crisis.

The Thai government will host an international conference on “unusual” migration in the Indian Ocean on May 29 in Bangkok, Thailand and to be invited such as Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam, Bangladesh and etc, the deputy government spokesman Maj Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd said.

“The special meeting   is an urgent call for the region to work together to address the unprecedented increase of irregular migration,” the ministry said in a statement, according to the Bangkok Post.

It is now urgent for Bangladesh to hold talks immediately with Myanmar, Thailand and Malaysia to bust the regional trafficking Syndicates operating in this human trade, the Financial Express stated.

It is not understandable how they could evade the watchful eyes of the Coast Guards, the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), and other security forces in Cox’s Bazar and other Coastal areas and go on journeys only to meet disasters.

Furthermore, massive mass awareness programs in the Coastal districts of Bangladesh need to be carried out so that people are no more deceived by traffickers.

It is caused by unquestionable, this crisis caused by the Burmese Government and its appalling treatment of segment and its own population whom it treats as intruders.

However, Zaw Htay, director of Myanmar’s presidential office, said his leaders would not attend if the word “Rohingya” was used in the invitation, as they did not recognize the term.

“We are not ignoring the migrant problem, but our leaders will decide whether to attend the meeting based on what is going to be discussed,” said Major Zaw Htay, director of the office of Myanmar’s president. “We will not accept the allegations by some that Myanmar is the source of the problem,” Zaw Htay told the Associated Press news agency (AP).

“It is international organizations which have to talk with Myanmar, rather than put pressure on Thailand to shoulder the sole responsibility of looking after migrants,” said Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, responding to a report that Myanmar may snub the regional meeting to be held in Bangkok on May 29 to address the “root causes” of the flow of migrants, according to Bangkok post.

“We cannot force any country to attend. Every country is equal in dignity. Thailand is only in the middle of the [migrants’] route. We only hope to bring peace to the region,” Gen Prayu said.

“The root cause [of the crisis] is increasing human trafficking. The problem of the migrant graves is not a Myanmar problem. It’s because of the weakness of human-trafficking prevention and the rule of law in Thailand,” presidential office director Zaw Htay said.

“However, international organisations must find out where the migrants come from and what hardships they face, and why they have to migrate. If they are poor, should this be fixed?,” Gen Prayut more added according to Bangkok post.

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