The Diplomacy Training Program (DTP) held its 5th regional training course on migrant workers’ rights and advocacy in the Asia-Pacific. This training course follows on from successful capacity building programs on migrant workers’ rights facilitated by DTP and MFA in Indonesia (2004), Bangladesh (2005), Malaysia (2006) and Cambodia (2007).


This course has been timed to coincide with the 2nd Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) which took place in Manila from October 27th -30th.    It has been designed as a follow-up course for alumni from earlier programs – to provide an opportunity to share knowledge and experience, to strengthen networks and to enable participants to engage in practical lobbying and advocacy activities around alongside the GFMD.



The management and treatment of people moving across borders to live and work represents one of the key policy and human rights challenges of our times. This program assisted participants from NGOs, Trade Unions and National Human Rights Institutions to work together in developing practical strategies to promote migrant workers’ rights at the national and regional level. The course brought together advocates from the human rights movement, migrant worker’s organisations, women’s organisations, and national human rights institutions. The course focused on the practical challenges of promoting the application of a human rights based framework for migration policy and practice.   It enhanced knowledge of international standards, including the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and ILO standards and develop skills in lobbying and advocacy.