Migrants from the Mekong neighbourhood are hugely resourceful and resilient, and they demand recognition and respect from their governments, says the Mekong Migration Network.
All of us need to be constantly vigilant and to have inter-agency networking and support to ensure the protection and well being of children. Directly or indirectly, children depend on us for their safety and well being, writes Prema Devaraj.
Whether documented or undocumented, migrant workers are entitled to those most basic rights that the nations of the world declared belong to every single human, asserts Danielle Celermajer.
Instead of curtailing women’s choices over where they can or cannot sit ‘for their own safety’, KTMB should consider working out how they can stop the harassment on trains and take action against harassers, says Ms Batik.
The Asean Committee for Migrant Workers (ACMW) Drafting Committee meets in Kuala Lumpur on 7 and 8 December 2009, hosted by the Ministry of Human Resources. The ACMW Drafting Committee comprising Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and Philippines, is in the process of drafting a Framework Instrument on the protection and promotion of migrant workers rights for Asean, in line with the principle affirmed by the ten Asean states, under the Bangkok Declaration on Irregular Migration 1999 and the Asean Declaration on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers.
Under the Bangkok Declaration, “regular migration and irregular migration should not be considered in isolation from each other”, and “migration, particularly irregular migration, should be addressed in a comprehensive and balanced manner, considering its causes, manifestations and effects, both positive and negative, in the countries of origin, transit and destination.”
As an Asean labour ministers meeting gets underway in Thailand, a civil society Task Force on Asean Migrant Workers is urging the regional grouping to formally launch a committee to implement the Declaration on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers.
Of all the migrant population, foreign domestic workers are the most vulnerable category of workers, observes CARAM Asia. Being excluded from legally protected occupations, women domestic workers are also isolated from social as well as health protection laws and policies.
De facto law minister Mohd Nazri Abdul Aziz owes the nation an apology. He had misled the nation by claiming the existence of a “Witness Protection Bill”, when no such Bill exists. It is really shocking that the minister in charge of law should be so ignorant in matters of the law but is so loud in his views in making reference to a non-existing Bill