Thursday, 15 May 2014 - 13:01
Another Special UN rapporteure to arrive in the island
The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, François Crépeau, will visit Sri Lanka from the 19th to the 26th of this month to assess the human rights situation of Sri Lankans migrating abroad for work, and the related recruitment practices.
Crépeau said that migration plays a key role in the economic development of Sri Lanka and that foreign workers form 24% of the labour force, and remittances form 33% of the country's foreign exchange and 8.3% of its GDP.
However, he noted that the human rights expert noted, many migrants reportedly experience abuse and exploitation, which often begins during the recruitment process.
This is the first mission to Sri Lanka by an independent expert charged by the UN Human Rights Council with monitoring and reporting on the human rights situation of migrants around the world.