Aquino gov't. and Akbayan wax hypocritical on Singapore “maid auction” issueBy APMM Wednesday, 09 July 2014
The appearance of a news item in Al-Jazeera last June 27 on the auctioning off of maids in a Singaporean mall raised predictable reactions from the Philippine government and its Akbayan allies. In effect, they underreacted by speciously condemning the form but not the essence of reprehensible practices by placement agencies in the “Lion City”, and by doing so are trying to deflect the issue from the bigger crime of systematic labor exportation of Filipinos. They want to remain blameless in the public eye while continuing to feed needy Filipino compatriots to the lions.
Singapore placement agencies are known to be some of the most predatory in East Asia and operate in one of the most liberalized economies in the region. They overcharge job entrants unscrupulously, and systematically circumvent foreign worker quotas by faking their client's employment credentials, often with virtual impunity.
Harassment cases vs. Andy Hall must be droppedBy APMM Tuesday, 24 June 2014
The Interfaith Network for the Rights of Migrants (INFORM), a regional aggrupation of faith-based migrant advocacy organizations in the Asia Pacific, views with grave concern the recent cases filed by the Thailand-based Natural Fruit Company Ltd. against Finnwatch researcher and INFORM member Andy Hall.
Mr. Hall has been known quite well as a staunch migrant rights defender in Southeast Asia, particularly in Thailand and Myanmar, where he voluntarily advises and assists the Migrant Workers Rights Network (MWRN). Upon the invitation of INFORM, he became a member of the network to share the experiences of the Burmese Buddhist community in migrant rights advocacy.
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.