Mauritius initiates “Know Your Rights” for migrant workers

Maneesh Gobin, Human Right Minister. Photo : BBC

Johannesburg, South Africa (ADV) – Mauritius government is engaging migrant workers through an initiative called, “Know Your Rights”.

The initiative aims to thoroughly inform migrant workers in the country, working in the secondary economic activities sector of their rights, the possible remedial actions to be taken in case of violations and also to sensitise them about the dangers of human trafficking.

Minister of Justice, Human Rights and Institutional Reforms, Maneesh Gobin, recalled that he presented the project “Know Your Rights” pamphlet at the third Universal Periodic Review of Mauritius, in November last year at the Palais des Nations, Geneva.

During his presentation, the Minister reaffirmed government’s commitment and continued support to the work of the Human Rights Council and the Universal Periodic Review mechanism.

“Some 40 000 pamphlets printed in different languages namely English, Bangla, Hindi, Mandarin, Tamil and French will be distributed to the economic industries employing migrant workers,” said Gobin.

The pamphlet was prepared by the Ministry of Justice, Human Rights and Institutional Reforms in collaboration with various stakeholders and the financial assistance of the British High Commission.

Currently, there are around 42 800 migrant workers in Mauritius, hailing from India, China, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Madagascar, employed in the textile industry, the construction sector and in the services sector.

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