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Bangladesh faces criticism for arrests of migrant workers, Bangladesh, 3 September 2020 - Bangladesh came under fire on Wednesday for arresting about 80 migrants who returned from Vietnam after protesting over false job offers, with human rights groups demanding their release.

The migrants protested in front of the Bangladesh Embassy in Vietnam in July after paying up to $4,000 each for jobs that never materialised. Some livestreamed the protests and a few forcefully entered the building, embassy officials said.

In documents shared with the court on Tuesday, the police said the migrants had spoiled Bangladesh's image and that they were planning illegal activities.

"We have arrested them under Section 54 and are investigating the matter," said Nurul Muttakin the officer-in-charge, referring to a law that allows the police to make arrests if they have reasonable suspicion of an offence.

The migrants were arrested after completing a 14-day quarantine in an isolation centre near the airport in the capital, Dhaka, after returning home from Vietnam last month.



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