Dhaka, Bangladesh (BBN)-Bangladesh has sought cooperation of the international community to implement its national strategy to address the issue of undocumented Myanmar nationals in the country.
Shahidul Haque, foreign secretary of Bangladesh, who is now visiting Geneva briefed the international community on the Rohingya issue, said a press release of the Foreign Affairs Ministry on Thursday.
Haque is attending the 20th session of the Committee on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families (CMW) in his capacity as an independent expert of the committee.
He also spoke at a Preparatory Meeting on the Global Expert Meeting on Migration in Post-2015 Development Agenda expected to be held in Dhaka on April 28-29 April.
Bangladesh and Switzerland will co-hosted the meeting, the press release added.
The committee is a UN Treaty Body of independent experts that monitors implementation of the 1990 International Convention on the protection of Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families.
Bangladesh is a member of the 1990 Convention.
All State members of the Convention are obliged to submit regular reports to the Committee on how migrants’ rights are being fulfilled.
The Committee, under certain circumstances, considers individual migrant’s complaints in relation to violation of their rights.
The Committee on Migrant Workers is composed of 14 independent experts, who have to be persons having high moral character, impartiality and recognised competence in the field covered by the committee, as per the convention.
Members are elected for a term of four years by states parties in accordance with the convention.
Shahidul Haque was elected as member to the committee last year with second highest number of votes.
During the committee meeting, Haque participated in the Review of periodic report of the Philippines, Uruguay, Mali and El-Salvador.
The committee also deliberated on the status of the rights of migrants workers in the context of the convention.
During his stay in Geneva, Haque also held bilateral meetings with the director general (DG) International Labour Organisation (ILO), DG of International Organisation for Migration (IOM), DG World Health Organisation (WHO) and Francoise Crepeau, Special Rapporteur on rights of migrant workers and the Secretariat of the Nansen Initiative.
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