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Migrant rights groups slam government plan to charge migrant workers for their repatriation

The Kathmandu Post, Nepal, 4 June 2020 - The government plan to charge repatriation fees to Nepali migrant workers stuck in various labour destination countries amid the Covid-19 pandemic has been lambasted by migrant rights activists.

Just days after the government unveiled its strategy to bring home the stranded Nepali workers from various countries, the plan has met with criticisms and a writ petition at the Supreme Court from the rights activists.

According to migrant rights activists, rescue, repatriation and medical treatment of migrant workers should be free of charge.

On Wednesday, they filed a writ petition in the Supreme Court, challenging the government’s plan to charge its own citizens for their rescue and repatriation.

The petition says the provision of the “Order of the Government of Nepal, 2020” which requires the migrant workers to bear the costs for airfare and hotel quarantine is against the country’s constitution and governing legislations.

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Source: https://kathmandupost.com/national/2020/06/04/migrant-rights-groups-slam-government-plan-to-charge-migrant-workers-for-their-repatriation

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