The Supreme Court in a case registered by organizations serving in the field of labor migration has questioned the alarming deaths of Nepali migrant workers and declared the order of mandamus upon line government authorities.
In the case registered by Law and Policy Forum for Social Justice and Pourakhi Nepal, the SC has published a full text of its verdict on Deaths of Nepali Migrant Workers in several destination countries.
According to statistics, around 1,000 Nepali migrant workers described healthy by medical test reports in Nepal have undergone death in destination countries each year. 97 percent of such deaths have occurred in the Gulf region. Cardiac arrest is found to be the most common cause of death.
In other cases, the deaths are either said to be normal or the cause is unidentified. In the majority of cases, post mortem is not carried out citing natural causes. Due to this reason, the actual cause of death cannot be identified and the family of the deceased migrant workers is also deprived of accidental insurance facilities.
The apex court has declared the order of mandamus against the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security of the Nepal Government, Department of Foreign Employment, and Foreign Employment Promotion Board to take steps for the minimization of the risk of migrant workers’ death.
Advocates KedarDahal, Barun Ghimire, Anurag Devkota, Hari Phuyal, and Milan Rai, represented the case and litigated before the Supreme Court.