Bangladesh follows 'zero tolerance'
Foreign Minister Dr Dipu Moni yesterday said Bangladesh exercises "zero tolerance" in penal and legal policy towards human traffickers and migrant people smugglers.
Dipu Moni said this while presenting Bangladesh's country statement at the 4th Bali Process Ministerial Conference in Bali, Indonesia.
Bangladesh is considering a series of domestic legislations and international conventions to prevent human trafficking, illegal migration, and transnational crimes, she said.
She cited Human Trafficking Deterrence and Suppression Act 2011, Child Pornography Act 2011, and the Palermo Convention on Transnational Organised Crimes in this regard.
Foreign, security, home, and immigration ministers and senior officials from 42 Asia-Pacific countries are attending the two-day conference.
This year the conference aims to adopt a regional framework for cooperation on trafficking, according to a foreign ministry press release.
Dr Dipu in her speech also highlighted the security and socio-economic impacts of the lasting issue of Myanmar refugees and undocumented Myanmareses in Bangladesh.
During two-day stay in Bali, the foreign minister held several meetings including ones with her Australian and Indonesian counterparts Kevin Rudd and Marty Natalegawa.