Dhaka, November 26 (OurVoice): Bangladesh Civil Society for Migration (BCSM) core members had a maiden meeting with Bangladesh Parliamentarians’ Caucus on Migration and Development in Dhaka on Tuesday.
During the meeting, they expressed grave concerns over rights violation of Bangladeshi female migrants in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries.
They also expressed their concerns over emerging syndication centering Malaysian labour market and increasing the migration cost for the Bangladeshi workers.
They discussed the scope of BCSM’s collaboration with the caucus and set out a road map to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Global Compact for Migration (GCM) with upholding migrants’ rights.
BCSM core members included Ain O Salish Kendra, BASUG Diaspora and Development, BCWWF, Bangladesh Ovibashi Mohila Sramik Association, BRAC, IMA Research Foundation, INAFI Bangladesh, Manusher Jonno Foundation, Ovibashi Karmi Unnayan Program, Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit, WARBE Development Foundation.
Senior Journalist Md Owasim Uddin Bhuyan represented the BASUG Diaspora and Development at the meeting.
Speaking as chief guest Parliamentarian Caucus on Migration and Development Chairman Israfil Alam MP said that Bangladeshi female workers were facing problems in Saudi Arabia and the government should immediately ensure their protections.
Caucus Member Rezaul Karim Bablu MP and Member and former MPs Adv Sohrab Uddin, Selina Jahan Lita, Rowshanara Yeasmin Suty and Jebunnesa Afroze were present at the meeting.
Dhaka University professor and founding chair of RMMRU presented keynote paper at the meeting, moderated by BCSM Chair and migration expert C R Abrar.
BCSM Co-chair Syed Saiful Haque and British Council’s PROKAS Head Jerry Fox among others spokespersons of the organizations took part in the discussion
BCSM members displayed their publications at the meeting.