International Migrants Day
19 December 2015, Nirapad News: Bangladesh Ambassador to Thailand Saida Muna Tasneem categorically said the country would continue to take leadership nationally and globally to promote safe and orderly migration with dignity and empower migrants globally.
She was addressing a half-day seminar organized for observing the International Migrants Day 2015 at the Embassy, says a press release by the embassy on Friday.
She reaffirmed the unrelenting commitment of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s government at national and international levels to protect and promote the rights and welfare of migrant workers at home and abroad, it said.
Senior representatives from regional offices of relevant International Organizations including the IOM, ICRC, ILO and UNHCR attended the program.
The Bangladesh expatriate community living in Thailand also attended the program.
A documentary titled “The Work Heroes of Bangladesh” was shown in the program.
IOM representative Brian White Fitzgerald highly commended the Bangladesh government for mainstreaming migration into their development agenda and better management of migrant workers.
He also expressed confidence in Bangladesh’s upcoming chairmanship of GFMD.
Valentina Bernasconi, Deputy Head of Regional Delegation, International Committee of the Red Cross thanked Bangladesh government for observance of the Day and praised recent legal and institutional steps undertaken towards effective management of documented migration and assured continued support from the ICRC.
Yamini Pande, Regional RSD Officer from UNHCR assured continued support to the government of Bangladesh in case of providing temporary protection shelters to victims of tariffing and irregular migration.
Saida Muna Tasneem underlined the government would continue to pursue a pro-people, inclusive and equitable migration regime for new global compact for managing humane and orderly migration in a post-2015 period.
She also briefed the participants that government has taken stringent measures for making the migration safer and orderly.
She reminded that Bangladesh government has zero tolerance against any safety and security issue relating to the Bangladeshi migrant workers.