National Seminar: Child Trafficking in Bangladesh: Analyiss of the Status and Possible Way ForwarBSAF organized an advocacy seminar on Child Trafficking in Bangladesh: Analysis of the status and Possible Way forward on 1 June 2014 at the Azimur Rahman Conference Hall of the Daily Star Bhaba with support of Terre des Hommes- Netherlands and World Vision Bangladesh.
• Ensuring effective implementation of Human Trafficking Deterrence and Prevention Act 2012 as well as NPA 2012- 2014. Finding the gaps and make a more effective NPA for the next season.
• Ensure protection of victim and witness of child trafficking cases.
• Prevent mutual understanding among victim and accused out of court.
• Deploy child friendly police officers in every police station.
• Establish help desk about child trafficking in all police station in the bordering areas.
• Promoting livelihood opportunities to vulnerable children and adolescents or their parents
• Conduct in depth research on vulnerability of child trafficking,
• Produce and maintain authentic database of child trafficking.
• Create awareness on Child marriage among children and their guardians
• Strengthen Local Government for preventing child trafficking.
• Providing health care services including counseling, safe shelter and return to home for rescued victims with confidentiality, legal aid as urgent need of the survivors.
• Victim of trafficking should be provided of education, life skill training
• The District monitoring cell regarding human trafficking should function effectively.
• Awareness should be created among community people on the aforesaid issues in disaster prone areas
• Emphasis on prevention methods when children are in transit by forming anti-trafficking committees at bordering districts
• Child-friendly shelter home need to be established in bordering districts of source, transit and destination countries
• Formation of national level monitoring cell for combating child trafficking with coordination of relevant ministries
Book Launching: A Study on Child Abuse and Exploitation in Bangladesh
BSAF launched a study report on Child Abuse and Exploitation in Bangladesh on 30 April 2014 at the conference room of Hotel Abakash. Honorable Justice M. Imman Ali attended the event as Chief Guest while Mr. Kazi Reazul Hoque, full time member of National Human Rights Commission, Bangladesh attened the ceremony as special guest. The launching ceremony also particiapated by number of representatives from national and international organizaitons, media personnel, academician etc. Mr. Emranul Huq Chowdhury, Chairperson of BSAF, facilitated the event. Honorable Justice Md. Imman Ali in his speech as chief guest said that such an study tells us that we think about children but that is not enough. Visible change has to make for child rights. He also said court has made a lot verdict in favor of rights of the child but NGOs response for their implementation is not praiseworthy. He urged different sector to work for the rights of the child positively.
Ratification of ILO Convention 138: A Step forward to Combat Child Labour in Bangladesh
To protect the children from labour in their early age BSAF long been advocating for ratification of minimum age convention of ILO (C138) and in consequence of it BSAF on 17 April 2014, organized a national seminar on Ratification of ILO Convention 138: A Step forward to Combat Child Labour in Bangladesh at the BIAM foundation Dhaka. Mr. Md. Mujibul Haque Chunnu, Honorable State Minister, Ministry of Labor and Employment, attended the seminar as chief guest. Mr. Mohammad Nazmujjaman Bhuian, Associate Professor, Department of Law, University of Dhaka, presented the keynote paper. Mr. Emranul Huq Chowdhury, Chairperson of BSAF, cahired the session. The seminar also attended by a good numbers of child rights activiest, human rights activists, representative from national and international NGOs, media personnel, academician etc.
Major Recommendation: Submission memorandum to the concerned ministry for ratification C138 with justification; Produce strong data regarding loses for not ratifying the convention 138 and recommendation 146. The privilege and obligation of C138 should be disseminating widely; To Ratify the ILO Convention 138 and associated Recommendation in order to set an implementable minimum age for the entry into work for all sectors, both formal and informal;To implement the objectives set forth in the Child Labour Elimination Policy, through legal, administrative, social, financial and other measures; To amend the existing laws to clearly prohibit certain works as the WFCL, and especially to protect the children working in the informal sector. (e.g. domestic house-aids); In light of the decision of the High Court Division, to include “domestic workers” under the protections provided by the Labour Act, 2006;To establish separate directorate for children affairs as well as appoint officers at District and Upazila level as per the NPA of NCLEP; Conduct a baseline survey for understanding the child labour situation in Bangladesh as early as possible;To raise awareness among the people about the negative impact of the child labour as enshrined in this paper;To install the National Child Labour Welfare Council effectively to oversee and supervise the child labour situation in Bangladesh;
National Seminar on ‘Pronography: Imerging Threat to Children’ in the perspective of Optional Protocol-2 to UNCRC
BSAF, as an advocacy initiative, organized a seminar on highlighting the pornography issue of OP-2 in the form of a National Seminar titled PORNOGRAPHY: THE EMERGING THREAT TO CHILDREN at Mahbub Kabir Hall of BIAM Foundation on 26 February 2014. Mr. Abdulla al Mamun, noted child rights activists and Program Coordinator of Manusher Jonno Foundation, throw the key scenario of children’s involvement in pornography, causes and conswquence in his key note paper. Mr. Humanyun Kabir, Ex ambassador and Vice president of Bangladesh Enterprise Institute disscussed the issues from the key point of view as a Special Guest. Among other Special Guests were Mr. Mahmudul Kabir, Country Director, Terre des Hommes- Netherlands, Ms. Sida Muna Tasneem, DG, UN, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Mr. Md. Shahidul Haque, Honorable Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs resourced the seminar as Chief Guest. BSAF Chairperson Mr. Md. Emranul Huq Chowdhury chaired the Seminar. The seminar also attended by a good numbers of child rights activiest, human rights activists, representative from national and international NGOs, media personnel, academician etc.
Major Recommendation: Parents should be encouraged to perform more responsible vigilance both for male and female siblings; To create some role model whom children will follow and refrain from unconstructive thing;Ensure the safe use of this technology. ;Social campaign on children’s engagement in constructive cultural events should be initiated.;Missing gap of different laws especially in the pornography act 2012 should be explored;Bangladesh can propose for having a pact against pornography At SAARC region.;Sexual education, impact of pornography should be included in the textbook and discussed by the teachers.;Internet uses should be regulated for the children through a national screening system;Specific guideline should be made for cyber café and other internet providing business to prevent children from using pornography, cyber sex etc.;Government should formulate a guideline for cable TV network. No distributor and their regional agent should be allowed to run own channel without prior permission.;Mass awareness program should be in place to warn the parents about danger of having multimedia mobile set by the children.;Government should control sell of CD, memory card and other printed source of pornography through continuous monitoring by the concerned law enforcing agencies.; Law enforcing agencies should be equipped with technological knowledge as well as cyber law, pornography act and other relevant laws