2017/18 Migrant Workers Program (Modules 1-5) – Malaysia



Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Module 5: 2nd - 5th March 2018

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DTP held the fifth and final module of its 15 month long capacity building program on the rights of migrant worker rights in Malaysia.  It continued its focus on engaging with the UN human rights system with a focus on the Universal Periodic Review and on human rights standards with sessions on UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and on Trafficking and the US Trafficking in Persons reporting process.  The issues facing stateless children of migrant workers was highlighted – with the consequent denial of rights to identity, the right to education and the right to health.  A highlight of the program was sessions with Arul Prakkash of WITNESS who led very practical sessions on communicating messages through social media – which had immediate impact with hits and shares and compensation being offered to Nepalese migrant workers.


The participants in this program have formed a very active and collaborative network – sharing information and advice on cases and working together on rights issues for migrant workers in Malaysia.  DTP thanks its partners and the participants of the program and will produce a full report.



Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Module 4: 2nd – 5th December 2017

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The Diplomacy Training Program (DTP) in partnership with Migrant Forum in Asia (MFA), Bar Council Migrants, Refugees and Immigration Affairs Committee (MRIAC), North South Initiative (NSI), and Migration Working Group (MWG) held a special capacity building program for Malaysian civil society on the rights of migrant workers. 


The program was designed with program participants to build knowledge, skills and networks to enhance and support civil society advocacy for the promotion and protection of migrant workers’ rights in Malaysia.


The program brought together Malaysian advocates with advocates from countries of origin, including Nepal, Bangladesh, Philippines, Indonesia and Cambodia to build links and networks and to develop shared advocacy strategies for greater impact in Malaysia and countries of origin.

Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Module 3: 18th – 21st August 2017

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DTP has completed the 3rd module of its capacity building program in Malaysia on the rights of migrant workers.   The module focused on the private sector and human rights - and the challenges of ending abuses in the recruitment, manufacturing, construction and forestry/palm oil sectors – as well as abuses experienced by migrant domestic workers, mostly women.

Sessions were led by Professor Surya Deva, Chair of the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights, DTP alumnus and SUHAKAM Commissioner, Jerald Joseph and Marie Apostol, of FairHire Initiative as well as representatives from business and from the RSPO.  Working together with participants, there was a great sense that change is possible.  



Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Module 2: 2nd – 5th June 2017

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See Module 2 Program Summary, Draft Program Report


Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Module 1: Module 1: 31st March - 3rd April 2017

See Module 1 ScheduleModule 1 Participants' Biographies 

See Module 1 Program Summary, written by Malaysian Bar Council