BSS–63 Govt committed to uphold Bangladeshi migrant workers’ rights abroad: ministry





Govt committed to uphold Bangladeshi migrant workers’ rights abroad: ministry

DHAKA, July 22, 2020 (BSS) – The foreign ministry today urged Bangladeshi expatriate workers not to involve in any act that may tarnish the country’s image in the foreign land as the government is committed to uphold their rights abroad and provide all necessary assistance.

“Government of Bangladesh is mindful to promote expatriate welfare particularly in the face of COVID pandemic worldwide,” the foreign ministry said in a statement today as some media reports and social media contents about the activities of a section of workers currently staying in Vietnam drew its attention.

“The Government will not encourage any activities by the expatriate workers detrimental to the image of Bangladesh and the excellent relations existing between Bangladesh and Vietnam,” read the statement.

It said Bangladesh Mission in Hanoi has been supporting the Bangladesh nationals within the legal framework of Bangladesh and Vietnam.

Though all international flights are suspended in Vietnam since 25 March 2020, a group of Bangladesh nationals who are demanding return flight to Dhaka at Bangladesh government’s expense since 3 July 2020 are engaged in negative propaganda unjustifiably with the help of social media and some overseas TV channels, said the ministry.

The latest group of 17 people who are reportedly sitting in front of the Embassy demanding immediate repatriation has been interviewed by the Embassy officials and Vietnam authorities.

It was communicated to the Embassy by the Vietnam side that the Ministry of Vietnamese Public Security Ministry issued an order to Ho Chi Minh City Police, Binh Duong Police and Vung Tau Police to investigate the brokers and ensure security for foreign workers, though most of those Bangladeshi nationals went to Vietnam as visitors not as legal workers.

Vietnam Police informed that they are working with Vietnam companies, who sponsored visas for these people to take responsibility of this Group and take them back to Vung Tau City, give them accommodation, job and facilitate their repatriation when commercial flights resume, it said.

“The Embassy informed 17 people of the employer’s commitment and assurance of the Government of Vietnam but those 17 people for unknown reasons are not cooperating,” said the statement.

They appear determined not to go back to their workplace sticking to their one-point demand for immediate return to Bangladesh at government expense, it added.