UN Special Rapporteur arriving tomorrow

January 28, 2018


Kathmandu : The UN Special Rapporteur on human rights of migrants, Felipe González Morales, is arriving here tomorrow on an eight-day visit to assess the recruitment practices and return and reintegration programs for Nepalis working abroad.

Spokesperson at the Foreign Ministry, Bharat Raj Poudel, told RSS that the visit would disseminate a message that the government of Nepal is committed for rights and facilities of migrant workers as well as sensitive in protection of human rights.

He said, “Inviting UN Special Rapporteur for Nepal visit at a time when the country has moved ahead towards political stability and development is very significant.” 
Saying the government of Nepal has invited other two Rapporteurs along with the Special Rapporteur, Spokesperson Poudel said that it shows that the government of Nepal is committed to protection and promotion of human rights.

During the visit, the Rapporteurs are scheduled to meet government officials responsible for migration and labour, international organizations, civil society, recruitment agencies, as well as aspiring and returnees and their families.

The Special Rapporteur, Morales, will present a comprehensive report of the visit to the UN Human Rights Council in June 2018.

In a press release issued by the Human Rights Council from Geneva, González Morales thanked the Government of Nepal for giving the opportunity to make this visit.

He expressed the belief that his visit would be fruitful in the context that 1,600 workers leave Nepal for foreign employment through official channels every day and remittances form up to 30 per cent of the country’s GDP. RSS

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