103 trafficking victims brought back
12 October 2015, Nirapad News: Bangladesh on Monday brought back another batch of 103 trafficking victims, rescued from the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea by Myanmar authorities.
A 21-member Bangladesh delegation comprising BGB, district administration and police force brought back the trafficking victims after a flag meeting with Myanmar delegation at Dekibania in Myanmar.
With this planned repatriation, all 729 verified so far as Bangladesh nationals were brought back to Bangladesh, says a press release issued by the external publicity wing of Bangladesh foreign ministry this afternoon.
Earlier on five occasions, a total 626 verified Bangladesh nationals were safely repatriated from Myanmar. The repatriation process commenced this morning via Ghundum border point in Naikhyongchari upazila of Bandarban district.
The foreign ministry, through the press release, expressed its sincere thanks to the Myanmar government, IOM and UNHCR for providing shelter with basic humanitarian sustenance to these rescued people for several months.
The entire repatriation process was overseen by the foreign ministry maintaining close coordination with the home ministry, Bangladesh mission in Myanmar, BGB, local police authority and local district administration.
The expeditious return of verified Bangladesh nationals attests the firm commitment of Bangladesh to take responsibility in irregular situation anywhere, the release added.
Bangladesh expects Myanmar to also manifest similar spirit by taking back verified Myanmar refugees awaiting return for over a decade in an expedited manner, the ministry said.
Earlier, the Bangladesh delegation reached Myanmar through Ghumdhum border around 11:00am where its immigration chief Sen One welcomed them.