Maldives is headed towards becoming a failed stated, says Professor Selina Mohsin – a former Bangladesh high commissioner to the Maldives – in an article about the exploitation of Bagladeshi workers in the archipelago.
At the end of the lengthy article published in The Daily Star, Mohsin says in the Maldives, corruption and violence are rampant, judiciary has been compromised and the constitution is ignored.
“Violence is common and fighting among political parties is rampant as Maldives increasingly veers towards a failed state,” she says.
In the article she expresses concern about the discrimination and terrible conditions Bangladeshi workers are subjected to in the Maldives. She talks about how they are exploited by Bangladeshi brokers and Maldivian agents by taking thousands of dollars promising employment, and in turn have their passports and other documents seized, and then forced to work in harsh conditions for unacceptably long hours.
Mohsin also talks about the drug problem in the country and how migrant workers often become victims of attacks mugging incidents that are a result of the drug problem.
She says despite Maldives narrowly escaping relegation to US State Department’s Tier 3 Watch List for human trafficking and international sanctions by enacting Anti-Human Trafficking Act, “government failed to implement the enacted laws and the situation has not improved”.
The former high commissioner also criticizes the government over imposition of fees on migrant workers to enter Male’ City’s main park “Rasrani Bageecha” (former Sultan Park) and imposition of remittance tax.
“It is high time that the international community and the Bangladesh government took serious steps to help the distressed workers.”
Mohsin served as the High Commissioner of Bangladesh to the Maldives from 2008 to 2010.