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Virtual Launch: South Asia Judicial Barometer – Migration experiences and migrant workers

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Date: 11 May 2021

Time: 3.00 – 4.30 PM (Mumbai) / 4.30 – 6.00 PM (Bangkok)

Platform: Zoom, Facebook Live and Twitter Live



The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), in partnership with the Law and Society Trust (LST), Sri Lanka is pleased to launch the much anticipated South Asia Judicial Barometer Report.

The South Asia Judicial Barometer 2020 is a research report that highlights the common thread that intertwines the embroidery of South Asian migration experiences and ties the fates of migrant workers, especially their commodification.

The launch of this report is an opportunity to expand the dialogue between governments, representatives of the interests of migrant workers and civil society at the national, sub-regional, regional and international levels, and to press the urgency for a re-orientation of national, regional and international perspectives and responses on many fronts.

Organised by FORUM-ASIA and Law and Society Trust (LST), Sri Lanka, this virtual launch aims to:

  • Highlight the particular vulnerability of women migrant workers, their access to justice and the role of judiciary in South Asia in protecting the rights of migrant workers;
  • Discuss the need to re-orient national perspectives and responses, and prioritise migrant workers’ interests both during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.


Welcome remarks  – Shamini Darshni Kaliemuthu, Executive Director, FORUM-ASIA

Keynote speaker – Shabarinat Nair, Regional Migrant Specialist, International Labour Organization Decent Work Team South Asia


  • Jalal Uddin Sikder, Bangladesh
  • Raghuram S. Godavarthi, India
  • Barun Ghimire, Nepal
  • Zulfiqar Shah, Pakistan
  • Devaka Gunawardena, Sri Lanka
  • Shahindha Ismail, The Maldives

Moderator – Sakuntala Kadirgamar, Executive Director, LST

Important security advisory

Kindly note this is a public event on Zoom Meeting. As such, all participants will be able to view the participant list. Should you have personal security risks, you may use a pseudonym.

For personal security purposes, you are encouraged to disable the setting that allows Zoom to automatically switch your camera on. Should you wish to switch your camera on, it is advisable to use a virtual background or blurred background filter.

This online event will be livestreamed on Facebook and Twitter. If you ask a question through audio or video, you will appear on the livestream. You are encouraged to submit your questions in writing through the chat function instead.

The event will be closely monitored by the organisers across all platforms. Should you have any concerns, please reach out to us at any time during the event.