27 Bangladeshi workers locked up in Iraqi factory
Relatives form human chain before EWOE ministryNew Age Online
Family members and relatives of 27 expatriate workers confined to a camp in Iraq formed a human chain in front of the Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment ministry in the capital, Tuesday.
They started the programme in the morning to realise their demands that included bringing home back the trapped workers within seven days, creating job opportunities for them, realising their due salaries and taking action against responsible four recruiting agencies and a non-government organisation .
SHISUK (Shikha Shastha Unnayan Karzakram) that has been providing legal aid to the victims’ families helped organising the human chain in front of Probashi Kalyan Bhaban in the city’s Eskaton road.
Later, the relatives of the distressed workers submitted a memorandum to the EWOE ministry.
According to family members of the troubled workers, migration of those 27 people was arranged on different dates between February and March this year by four recruiting agencies---M/s Morning Sun enterprise, M/s Meghna Trade International, M/s East Bengal Overseas and M/s Idea international.
Bangladesh Migrant Foundation, a NGO that brokered their migration to Iraq had hid actual salaries and other amenities, the family members said.
After arrival in Iraq, the workers were received by representatives of M. Kodia, a general trading company in Iraq who took away all of their travel documents. The workers are confined to a camp of the company in Najaf Asraf area in Iraq where they are living under sub-human conditions. They are being fed on irregular basis and are being tortured physically, the relatives alleged.
Talking to the reporters in his office, expatriates’ welfare and overseas employment minister Khandker Mosharraf Hossain said the government would take action against the alleged recruiting agencies and that NGO in this regard.
Secretary to the ministry Jafar Ahmed Khan told reporters that they communicated with confined workers through the officials of Bangladesh mission in Baghdad. A process has been initiated to release them, he said.
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