Human trafficking is one of if not the most talked about issues in recent times. In Bangladesh, combating human trafficking is a very daunting task. Lack of public awareness about human rights violations such as trafficking and relevant laws, makes people vulnerable towards such rights violations. In recent years incidences of trafficking have increased significantly in Bangladesh with the emergence of new transit points such as Cox’s Bazar, which is used to transport hundreds of illegal migrant workers into Southeast Asia.
Relief International in collaboration with Department of Graphic Design of Faculty of Fine Arts under the University of Dhaka organized an Anti-Trafficking poster exhibition in Zainul Art Gallery Faculty of Arts, University of Dhaka for the time ranging from 08 June 2015 to 14 June 2015.The exhibition starts at 11am and ends up at 5pm. 33 young artists of the Department of Graphic Design who portrayed many aspects of the human trafficking through their artistic endeavor are displaying their art works to generate awareness on the ordeal and sufferings often experienced by victims of human trafficking. Paintings is the form of art that can cut through the language barriers. The exhibition is a manifestation of the efforts of Relief International towards establishing an anti-trafficking culture in Bangladesh through innovative use of art and culture.
The Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission Prof Dr. Mizanur Rahman inaugurated the exhibition. He termed Human Trafficking as the “extreme violation of human rights” and urged the Govt. to take necessary steps for stopping Human Trafficking.
The Dean of Faculty of Fine Arts Nasir Hossain, The Chairman of the Department of Graphic Design of Faculty of Fine Arts Maksudur Rahman, Head of the US Embassy wing of Cultural George Mesthos and the country Director of Relief International Bangladesh M. Nazrul Islam also expressed their views.
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