2017 Migrant Workers Program (Modules 1-5) - Malaysia

[March 2017 - December 2017 (5 Modules)]


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 4: Dec 2nd – 5th 2017

See Program News


Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Module 3: Aug 18th – Aug 21st 2017

See Module 3 Schedule

See Program News, Program Report

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: June 2nd – June 5th 2017

See Module 2 ScheduleModule 2 Participants' Biographies 

See Module 2 Program Summary, Draft Program Report


Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Module 1: March 31st – April 3rd 2017

See Module 1 ScheduleModule 1 Participants' Biographies 

See Module 1 Program Summary, written by Malaysian Bar Council




Sharan Burrow (pictured above), ITUC General Secretary spoke with participants in the DTP/MFA course on the rights of migrant workers in Malaysia (Module 1) - organised with Malaysia Bar Council, North-South Institute and Migration Working Group.  For more information, click on this link.