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 Committee on Migrant Workers. In 2006, the Action Network for Migrant Workers (ACTFORM) and the Women and Media Collective took the initiative to coordinate and prepare the Sri Lanka NGO Shadow Report to be submitted to the Committee on Migrant Workers. Two consultative meetings were held with Government Officials as well as with relevant Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and Community Based Organizations (CBOs) working on migrant workers’ rights issues to determine what kind of data should be included and brought to the attention of the Committee on Migrant Workers. In June 2008, the final draft of the NGO Shadow Report was submitted to the Committee on Migrant Workers.