UN Special Rapporteur urges govt to boost efforts to prevent abuse of SL workers

UN Special Rapporteur urges govt to boost efforts to prevent abuse of SL workers

UN Special Rapporteur urges govt to boost efforts to prevent abuse of SL workers

Written by Staff Writer

27 May, 2014 | 8:20 pm

United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, François Crépeau, on Tuesday urged the Government of Sri Lanka to boost the efforts it has made in recent years in order to prevent exploitation and abuse of Sri Lankans migrating abroad for work.

At the end of his first official visit to Sri Lanka, Crépeau also called for better monitoring of the recruitment industry through putting in place a comprehensive policy with high standards, improving recruitment agencies’ services and holding them accountable, regulating irregular sub-agents, and reducing costs for migrants.

Quoting the 2008 Sri Lankan National Labour Migration Policy, the human rights expert said, Malpractice by private recruitment agencies and gaps in the regulatory framework for sub-agents lead to exploitative and abusive situations for migrant workers.

The Special Rapporteur noted that despite recent initiatives, Sri Lankan authorities are often not able to protect Sri Lankan migrants in the destination states.

He also added that cooperation with destination states needs to be enhanced in order to ensure that the rights of Sri Lankans are respected during the whole migration process.

The Special Rapporteur will present a comprehensive report of the visit to the UN Human Rights Council in June 2015.

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