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Tuesday, December 11, 2012
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Protection for migrant workers' rights sought

Several NGOs and rights bodies jointly placed a memorandum to the prime minister yesterday to press home their fourteen-point demand for protecting the rights of Bangladeshi migrant workers.

The demands included ensuring the right to franchise of expatriates, reducing migration cost, bringing labour recruiting agencies under government's code of conducts, ensuring government's legal aid to workers if necessary, easing the process of taking loan from Expatriate Welfare Bank by workers, and ensuring autopsy of workers after death.

The demands were jointly put forward by WARBE Development Foundation; Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit; Association for Female Migrant Workers; Ovibashi Karmi Unnyan Programme; Brac; International Migrants' Alliance Research Foundation; Bangladesh Migrants Foundation; Setu; Ovibashi Karmi Kallyan Foundation; Ain o Salish Kendra; Manusher Jonno Foundation; Peace Foundation; and Bangladesh Construction and Wood Workers Federation.

WARBE Development Foundation Secretary General Faruk Khan, on behalf of the organisations, submitted the memorandum to the Prime Minister's Office on the occasion of the Human Rights Day, 2012 yesterday.

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