Seven special tribunals for trial of human trafficking-related cases will be formed soon, said Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain yesterday.
After formation of the tribunals, to be set up in seven divisions of the country, proper steps would be taken for speedy disposal of those cases, especially the child trafficking ones, he said.
The CJ was addressing an annual cross-border conference titled “Collaboration and Networking Meeting to Combat Trafficking of Children in Bangladesh” at the capital’s Cirdap auditorium, says a press release.
At present, 4,784 human trafficking cases across the country are under trial, he said.
Attending the event as chief guest, the chief justice appreciated and wished success of those involved in preventing child trafficking. Addressing the event, other speakers stressed broader coordination among different ministries and civil society organisations between India and Bangladesh for preventing trafficking, rescue and repatriation of the victims.
They also called for bilateral and regional engagement for child friendly rescue, repatriation, protection and integration services, and rethinking legal and policy tools regarding child trafficking for addressing cross-border trafficking of children.
They hoped that continual dialogue and engagement of cross-border actors can help gain insights into actual implementation of regional and bilateral commitments.
INCIDIN Bangladesh, a member of the consortium “Prevention of Child Trafficking through Strengthening Community and Networking (PCTSCN)”, organised the event.
Ferdousi Akhter, additional secretary, Public Security Division of the Home Ministry; Advocate Salma Ali, human rights activist; AKM Masud Ali, executive director of INCIDIN Bangladesh, chair of ATSEC Bangladesh & NACG; Manabendra Nath Mandal, executive director of SLARTC and national coordinator of ATSEC India, among others, spoke at the event.
Government officials and representatives from international and national NGOs from Bangladesh and India attended the daylong event.