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Repatriation of victims of human trafficking from Myanmar begins

The first batch of 150 Bangladesh Nationals has been repatriated from Myanmar to Bangladesh by land today, 8 June 2015. The repatriation process commenced at 1030 hours and took place at Ghundum border point in Naikhyongchari Upazilla, Bandarban District.

The present group was part of the 200 victims of human trafficking rescued by the Myanmar authorities on 21st May 2015.
The repatriation process is a clear manifestation of Bangladesh’s overall commitment and seriousness in carrying out the repatriation within the shortest possible time.

In line with this commitment, officials of the Bangladesh Mission in Yangon and Sittwe, under direct supervision of the Ambassador obtained quick consular access, collected and sent antecedents of all self-identified Bangladeshis for verification with the view to expediting return of the rescued Bangladeshis.

The entire process was overseen by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with close coordination with the Ministry of Home Affairs, Police/BGB authorities and local district administration.

Prior to the commencement of the process, border forces convened a flag meeting to facilitate return of verified Bangladeshis.

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