Human Rights Advocacy and Migrant Workers in the Middle East and North Africa

Program Dates: 26 – 30 November (2014)

Location: Kuwait

 

This is a report on the 2014 Regional Capacity Building Program on Human Rights Advocacy and Migrant Workers in the Middle East and North Africa. Organised by the Diplomacy Training Program (DTP) and Migrant Forum Asia (MFA), and hosted by the Kuwait Society for Human Rights (KSHR), the program focused on assisting individuals and organisations committed to promoting and protecting the rights of migrant workers in the states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Middle East and North Africa.  It sought to build the knowledge, skills and networks of these individuals and organisations.

2014 marked the third year that DTP held its annual regional capacity building program on the rights of migrant workers in the GCC. The program brought together representatives of civil society and national human rights institutions (NHRIs) as well as government officials.  The 22 participants came from Asia (mostly countries of origin for migrant workers); the Middle East (countries of destination); and from Egypt, a key country of origin, transit and destination for migrant workers.  In addition, several other representatives of the Kuwait Society for Human Rights attended and participated in many of the sessions.

The five-day course was held in Arabic and English with simultaneous translation. Each day featured in-depth discussions and activities themed around a specific issue or skill set for advocacy.  On the final day participants were asked to formally evaluate the program before joining the trainers and organisers in a circle of open discussion and reflection, followed by an awards ceremony.

The program was made possible with funding from the Swiss Development Cooperation agency (SDC) and by the generous in-kind support of the Kuwait Society for Human Rights, which hosted the program. DTP and MFA gratefully acknowledge the backing of both organizations. We would also like to extend our appreciation to the trainers for their pro-bono contribution and to the participants themselves, whose willingness to share and to listen immeasurably enriched the program.

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