Human Rights Advocacy and Migrant Workers - Thailand (Oct 17-21, 2011)

This was the Diplomacy Training Program’s (DTP) 8th annual regional training program focusing on Human Rights Advocacy and Migrant Workers in the Asia-Pacific Region. It was held for the first time in Bangkok, Thailand.  The program was organised in partnership with Migrant Forum Asia (MFA), Asia Pacific Forum (APF) and the Human Rights and Development Foundation (HRDF), in collaboration with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. 

25 participants from 16 countries in the region participated in the 5-day intensive training program.  They came from both destination countries – including Qatar, Jordan, Bahrain, South Korea, Malaysia, Maldives, Hong Kong and Thailand as well as so-called sending countries Bangladesh, Burma/Myanmar, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Nepal, the Philippines and Sri Lanka.

The participants shared a commitment to working to promote and protect the rights of migrant workers, but came from different organisational environments including Migrant Worker NGOs, human rights NGOs, community-based organisations, trade unions and National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs).

The participants brought with them valuable experience from working on a range of migrant worker issues – abuse and discrimination, rights of domestic workers, violence against women, trafficking, illegal detention, repatriation, awareness building and providing legal services and shelter.

See Program Report