17 May, 2022


Sri Lanka Emphasizes Commitment To Address The Issue Of ‘Ethical Labour Practices’

Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva Ravinatha Aryasinha, has said Sri Lanka which took over the chair of the Colombo Process (CP) one year ago was of the view that if it were to make a difference and ensure that some real benefits would accrue to the people of the member countries, it was important that they address the tough issues, including ‘Ethical Labour Recruitment Practices’. He noted that in ongoing deliberations the CP is seeking to harmonize existing national regulatory frameworks, promote Standard Employment Contracts (including addressing issue of contract substitution and create a registration mechanism for contracts), consider common minimum wage levels, and conditions that promote health and well-being and insurance protection, and to develop a common position on ethical recruitment practices.

Ambassador Aryasinha

Ambassador Aryasinha

Ambassador Aryasinha made these observations and reviewed the progress made by the CP under Sri Lanka’s leadership, when he addressed an Expert Consultation on Recruitment Practices and their Impact on Human Rights of Migrants, held at the Palais des Nations in Geneva on 31 October 2014. The consultation was convened by Francois Crepeau, Special Repporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants and was attended by diplomats, academics, representatives of the ILO and IOM, Recruitment specialists, as well as NGOs involved in the field.

He said the challenge before us remains to address some of the specific problems presented by unethical recruitment, which range from high recruitment fees, and deceit about the terms and conditions of employment, right through to forced labour. He reiterated the timely need for international commitment/cooperation to the protection of human rights of migrants, regardless of their migration status and working towards an effective and inclusive agenda that integrates development and human rights aspects.

Read the full statement here

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  • 3

    Ambassador Aryasinha

    RE: Sri Lanka Emphasizes Commitment To Address The Issue Of ‘Ethical Labour Practices

    What a joke, and you certainly are a joker, a shill and white washer.

    First talk about Law and Order. There are no ethical practices in Sri Lankka with MaRa regime.

    What was ethical about beating up Dr. Nonis, the High Commissioner, and destroying and killings at Aluthgama?

    What is the difference between you serving MaRa and that of a whore serving the customer.


    Both are paid for their services.

    If you have any honor left in you, do what Dr. Nonis did. QUIT.

  • 3

    Totally agree with you.

    He’s come a long way from reading the news on Sri Lanka television and being a ‘jounalist’!

    Unfortunately this man has taken a bite of the Forbidden fruit, so there is no turning back

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