Hubertson Tom Wilson

Middle East Policy Advisor at Migrant Forum Asia

Active in Country: Middle East & Other African Countries

DTP Program: 

2016 Ethical Business and Recruitment Practices in Labour Migration 1&2 in UAE

2013 Human Rights Advocacy and Migrant Workers in Qatar

Hubertson is currently a Middle East Policy Advisor with Migrant Forum Asia, and focuses on an array of issues including prisoner’s rights, human rights violations by the police, religious minority rights, and employing migrant labourers.  He engages with foreign prisoners, politicians and government authorities, and victims of violence. 

If I had not attended the DTP training programs, my knowledge on local and national human rights and legal mechanisms would be limited.  I now have an extensive understanding on the UN human rights procedures and the various treaty bodies that monitor the implementation of the core international human rights treaties. DTP has taught me to look at the countries that have ratified the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families (CMW) and other treaties and the necessary skills required to submit an individual complaint to the OHCHR.

Hubertson participated in three of DTP’s Migrant Workers programs in the Middle East.  He reflects on the several networks he has established with various human rights NGOs and the Indian National Human Rights Commission, which have helped him share information, and deal with cases related to the protection of migrant workers’ rights.

I have been working on labour concerns around domestic workers, recruitment agencies, and foreign sponsors exploiting migrants in the Middle-East. I assist migrants in filing complaints against those exploiting them, then find remedies to protect their rights. I take cases to the Supreme Court, the Labour Office and Labour Courts.

The program has taught me how to design a petition on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances to distribute and to engage with the Committee on Migrant Workers, and the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women. I am better equipped to present at international meetings.  I have worked closely with trade unions and shared my knowledge on how to employ the UN mechanisms to help reduce the vulnerability of migrant workers to forced labour.

 

 

Profile written March 2017