Impact

Diplomatic Immunity

Diplomatic Immunity: Campaign for justice for domestic workers MRCI is currently assisting several cases involving domestic workers employed by foreign diplomats. Seeking justice in these cases is difficult. If workers experience exploitation, diplomatic immunity - a privilege provided to diplomats under the Vienna Convention - can be used to deny the worker’s access to legal remedies. DWAG is calling on the Department of Foreign Affairs to introduce mechanisms to protect the rights of domestic workers employed in diplomatic households. Since 2009 DWAG has supported women to publicly ‘name and shame’ exploitative diplomat employers who abuse diplomatic immunity to exploit domestic workers and to seek legal redress and compensation for workers.