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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 104

Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam Re-Elected to the UN Committee on Migrant Workers

New Delhi, 01 June, (

: Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam, who is Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner in New Delhi, was re-elected to the UN Committee on Migrant Workers (CMW) at the election held in New York on 30th May 2013 at the UN Headquarters..

Ambassador Kariyawasam obtained the highest number of votes reflecting recognition of Sri Lanka’s past contribution and its continuing commitment to the advancement of the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families. He was elected as the first Chairman of the Migrant Workers Committee in year 2003.

The Committee comprises 14 experts elected for a term of four years by States parties. At the election today, the candidates from the Philippines, Honduras, Argentina, Bangladesh, Senegal and Mali were also elected. The Committee monitors implementation of the International Convention.

Today, there are approx.175 million migrants around the world. Migrant workers help to boost the economies of their countries of origin through remittances and contribute immensely to the economies of their host countries.

However, they often enjoy little social protection and are vulnerable to exploitation and human trafficking. The Convention seeks to play a role in preventing and eliminating the exploitation of migrant workers throughout the migration process.

- Asian Tribune -

Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam Re-Elected to the UN Committee on Migrant Workers
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