Category: Migrant Rights

Sri Lanka National Consultation on the GFMD


ACTFORM organized a consultation meeting on the 2nd and 3rd of October, 2009 to discuss the Migrant Rights Shadow Report and the upcoming Global Forum for Migration and Development (GFMD). The meeting focused on three issues; remittances, integration, and reintegration. Some of the proposals made included a formalized/official method for the investment of migrant workers’ … Continue reading Sri Lanka National Consultation on the GFMD


Awareness Building Programme 


A series of awareness building programmes were held in Nittambuwan, Puttlam, Mathugama, Horana, Kalutara, Hambantota, Rambukkana and Kandy. They focused on the government’s decision to impose restrictions on migration of women with children below 5 years of age and familiarized the participants on the report submitted to MWC by non governmental organizations regarding the protection … Continue reading Awareness Building Programme 


Second Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD)


WMC participated in the 2nd GFMD in Manila, Philippines, hosted by the Philippine Government. The theme of the event was “Protecting and Empowering Migrants for Development”. The following issues were addressed during the roundtable discussions: 1) Migration, development and human rights, 2) Secure, legal migration can achieve stronger development impacts, and 3) Policy and instituional … Continue reading Second Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD)


Submission of the Migrant Rights NGO Shadow Report titled “The Sri Lanka NGO Shadow Report on the International Convention on the Protection of the rights of all Migrant Workers and their families,” to the Committee on Migrant Workers.

The International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families was ratified by Sri Lanka in 1996. This Convention entered into force in 2003. In April 2008 the Sri Lankan Government, as part of its obligation under this Convention submitted the First Periodic Country Report to the … Continue reading Submission of the Migrant Rights NGO Shadow Report titled “The Sri Lanka NGO Shadow Report on the International Convention on the Protection of the rights of all Migrant Workers and their families,” to the Committee on Migrant Workers.

NGO Roundtable Meeting to discuss the report on “Abuses against Sri Lankan Domestic Workers in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates.”

The report was presented by Human Rights Watch. This report, based on more than 170 interviews in Sri Lanka and Saudi Arabia, documents the violations migrant domestic workers face at every step of the migration process. It also documents how the governments of Sri Lanka and the Middle East fail to protect the more than … Continue reading NGO Roundtable Meeting to discuss the report on “Abuses against Sri Lankan Domestic Workers in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates.”