Promoting and Protecting the Human Rights of Migrant Workers from Nepal & South Asia - Nepal (2013)

The main activity and focus of the project was a South Asian Regional Capacity Building Program held in Kathmandu from September 18-22, 2013. This program included a focus on recruitment agencies and labour attaches. In the lead-up to the program background papers on recruitment agencies and the roles and responsibilities of labour attaches were prepared, including research and documentation on existing best practice. Pravasi Nepali Coordination Committee (PNCC), in partnership with the Diplomacy Training Program (DTP) and Migrant Forum in Asia (MFA) secured funding through the Australian Government’s Human Rights Grant Scheme (HRGS) for a project focused on the rights of migrant workers from Nepal, and South Asia.

The capacity building program brought together participants from government and civil society with the aim of building knowledge, skills and collaboration3. Most participants came from Nepal, including service providers at the district level and a labour attaché from the Middle East. Other participants came from other countries of origin in South Asia - India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Resource people for the program came from the Philippines, Malaysia and Australia as well as Nepal.

The project and training program provided a focal point for the establishment of links between human rights clinic/s at tertiary institutions in Australia and Kathmandu that will support Nepalese civil society advocates and will be sustained beyond the end of this project.

See Program Report