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APPLY NOW! Training Course on Human Rights and Migrant Workers in the Asia Pacific

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The Diplomacy Training Program is offering its 4th regional training course on migrant workers' rights and advocacy in the Asia-Pacific region, 15-19 October 2007, Cambodia.  The training will explore international standards and conventions and identify challenges facing their implementation.
Application Deadline: 7 September 2007

The Diplomacy Training Program (DTP) is offering its 4th regional training course on migrant workers' rights and advocacy in the Asia-Pacific, 15-19 October 2007, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.  The training aims to build the capacity of advocates working on human rights and migrant workers in the Asia/Pacific. The application deadline is 7 September 2007.

The training follows on from successful capacity building programs on migrant workers rights facilitated by DTP and MFA in Indonesia (2004), Bangladesh (2005) and Malaysia (2006). The week long program will centre around the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Family (ICRMW) and other relevant legal standards.

The course will bring together advocates from the human rights movement, migrant workers organisations, women's organisations, national human rights institutions and trade unions. The course content will focus on the ICRMW in the context of the broader human rights framework, and other relevant standards such as the International Labour Organization (ILO) Conventions.  It will explore some of the key trends affecting migrant workers' rights and identify some of the challenges to implementing ICRMW and other relevant standards in the Asia–Pacific region. The Convention on Migrant Workers Rights, which came into force in 2003, and the ILO Conventions, have the potential to inform policy and practice in relation to one of the region's greatest human rights challenges.  So far this potential is largely unrealised.

The course will provide participants with background knowledge about key aspects of the ICRMW, its monitoring and reporting regime, as well as critical information regarding the ILO conventions. Participants will also develop practical skills in advocacy, lobbying and working with the media to advance migrant workers' rights.

DTP is an Australian-based non-governmental, non-profit organisation providing practical human rights and peoples' diplomacy training to human rights defenders in the Asia-Pacific region. The DTP was founded in 1989 by José Ramos-Horta, the 1996 Nobel Peace Laureate and newly elected President of Timor-Leste, and Emeritus Professor Garth Nettheim. The DTP is affiliated with the Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales. DTP trainers are experienced and highly respected local, regional and international human rights leaders, academics, diplomats, media and UN professionals who understand and support DTP's philosophy of participatory training.

MFA is a regional network of non-government organizations (NGOs), associations and trade unions of migrant workers, and individual advocates in Asia who are committed to protect and promote the rights and welfare of migrant workers.  It is guided by a vision of an alternative world system based on respect for human rights and dignity, social justice, and gender equity, particularly for migrant workers.  MFA acts as facilitator, a regional communication and coordination point between member-organizations and advocates, forging concerted action to address discriminatory laws and policies, violence against women migrants, unjust living and working conditions, unemployment in the homeland, and other issues affecting migrant workers.

CARAM Cambodia primarily works with Cambodian and Vietnamese migrant sex workers in Cambodia as well as with Cambodian migrant workers who are preparing to migrate abroad The course is particularly for community advocates from the Asia-Pacific region, particularly those who work for human rights, women's and migrant worker non-government organisations, national human rights institutions and trade unions.

For more details about the course and application forms please go to  or contact us at [email protected]