INFORM letter to the Myanmar gov't.By APMM Friday, 07 March 2014
Interfaith Network for the Rights of Migrants (INFORM)
c/o Asia Pacific Mission for Migrants, G/F, No. 2 Jordan Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong SAR
February 19, 2014
HIS EXCELLENCY THEIN SEIN
Republic of the Union of Myanmar
Dear President Sein,
Greetings of peace!
The Interfaith Network for the Rights of Migrants (INFORM) a network of different faith communities (Christian, Muslim, Buddhist and Hindu) and migrants in the Asia Pacific and Middle East region actively supporting the cause of migrants for human rights and dignity, expresses our grave concern over the situation of Burmese migrants in Thailand.
The Memorandum of Understanding signed both by your own government and the Thai government in 2009 ordering Burmese migrants to leave Thailand after four years of employment will affect more than 100,000 Burmese migrants in Thailand who will be facing arrest, detention, and deportation as well as the loss of their source of livelihood. This also may result to forcible family separation that will have grave impacts especially to children.
Amb. Benavidez disrespects NZ unions and media, should apologize publiclyBy APMM Monday, 24 February 2014
The recent public statement of Ambassador Virginia Benavidez on how Filipino migrants should treat local trade unions and the press in New Zealand is outrageous and should not be treated lightly. It amounts to a major diplomatic gaffe in a country where trade unionism and media advocacy are highly respected institutions. Benavidez must think she can deal with them the same way that the Philippine government has been dealing with genuine workers’ organizations and media in its own backyard – i.e., with gross disrespect and hostility.
In a meeting of Filipino migrants that was organized by the Canterbury Pilipino Assistance Group (CPAG), Benavidez declared thus: “If you have problems with your job, don't approach the unions and media especially those posting stories in the New Zealand Herald.” Shocked members of the audience reported the matter to First Union, one of the largest trade union centers in NZ, and the Union Network of Migrants (UNEMIG), its migrant worker affiliate.
ILO standards should be adopted by the HK government on MDWsBy APMM Wednesday, 19 February 2014
There is a popular notion in the international community that Hong Kong is relatively a haven for migrant domestic workers (MDWs) due to certain freedoms they enjoy, such as the right to organize and to protest. But this is illusory at best, as there remain highly restrictive policies that serve to offset the aforementioned freedoms.
Some of Hong Kong’s policies vis-à-vis its MDWS are not up to par with the standards set under the ILO Domestic Workers’ Convention (C189), which thus far has not yet been ratified by China. As a global benchmark for the protection of domestic workers rights, C189 and other pertinent ILO statutes should also be a point of reference for the HK government in its formulation of legislation and policies that apply to all MDWs under its jurisdiction.