Launch in Kathmandu of Migrant Workers’ Access to Justice at Home: Nepal

AHRCentre Project Director Bassina Farbenblum joined her co-authors in Nepal to launch a 215 page report, Migrant Workers’ Access to Justice at Home: Nepal (downloadable PDF/full report).  The report was the product of a two year study in partnership with colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and the Centre for the Study of Labour Migration in Kathmandu.  Improving access to justice is crucial to ensure  that migrant workers receive compensation for the harms suffered, says Bassina. “Workers should not be greeted by cycles of debt and poverty on their return. Increasing access to justice will also end impunity among disreputable manpower agencies and individual agents who profit from deceiving Nepali migrant workers.”

Bassina Farbenblum has been awarded a prestigious Open Society Immigration Initiative Fellowship to continue her work on migrant workers’ access to justice in South and South East Asia.  Over the past two years, Bassina has led the world’s first major international study of migrant workers’ access to remedies in their home country, for abuses during recruitment before departure and while they are working abroad.  The study focuses on the millions of low-wage migrant workers who go from Indonesia and Nepal to the Middle East. The book-length report Migrant Workers Access to Justice at Home: Indonesia was launched in Jakarta in October 2013 by the head of Indonesia’s presidential agency on labour migration and members of Indonesia’s parliament. In June 2014, Bassina and her colleagues will launch in Kathmandu a similar report on migrant workers’ access to justice in Nepal.

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