Representative:Manpower export from Bangladesh to different countries will not be affected by the recent militant attacks in Gulshan and Sholakia, Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Nurul Islam said today.
“Even the incident of imprisonment of four Bangladeshi workers by a Singapore court for financing terrorism will not affect the country’s manpower export,” Islam expressed his hope while talking to reporters at his ministry.
The minister’s comments came in the wake of the July 1 attack at Holey Artisan Bakery where 20 people including 17 foreigners were killed after a group of militants stormed into the café and took them hostage. Two policemen and six militants were also killed in the 12-hour long hostage crisis incident.
Six days into the café attack, four people, including two policemen and a suspected assailant, were killed in another attack near Sholakia Eidgah where hundreds of thousands had gathered for Eid congregation on July 7.
Asked about the Human Rights Watch report on Bangladeshi migrant domestic workers “trapped” in Oman, he said, “There was no formal complaint in Oman on the issue”.
The government will soon send a team to Saudi Arabia and Lebanon to assess the overall situation of Bangladeshi workers there, the minister added.
Yesterday, HRW in a report said many migrant domestic workers, including Bangladeshis, are trapped in abusive employment in Oman with their plight hidden behind closed doors.
Bangladesh government this year has sent over seven lakh migrant workers to different countries, the minister said, adding that next year they will be capable of sending around eight lakh workers.EditorDesk | Published On:July 14, 2016