APMM Statement on the December 8 Incident in SingaporeBy APMM Thursday, 12 December 2013
The Asia Pacific Mission for Migrants (APMM) views with concern the heavy-handed reaction of the Singapore government on the spontaneous protest of South Asian migrant workers last December 8. Media reports as well as pronouncements by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong point to more restrictions over migrant enclaves such as “Little India”, where the incident occurred after an Indian migrant worker was fatally hit by a private bus.
Singapore’s PM Lee has initiated an inquiry into events leading to the protest, to “look into the factors that led to the incident and how the incident was handled on the ground". He further declared that the government “will also review the current measures to manage areas where foreign workers congregate, whether they are adequate and how they can be improved". The PM is plainly referring to security measures, not channels for social redress, vis-à-vis migrant workers.
Development justice now! Junk WTO! Declaration of the Peoples’ Global Camp in BaliBy APMM Monday, 09 December 2013
We, representatives of people’s organizations, social movements and political forces come together in the People’s Global Camp (PGC) in Denpasar, Bali on December 3-6, 2013 to collectively expose, resist and call to junk the renewed neoliberal offensives of the World Trade Organization.
We bring the experiences of struggles from Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Fiji, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Nepal, Norway, Pakistan, the Philippines, Slovakia, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor Leste, Vietnam, and the United States, to further advance the people’s rights and to affirm our collective resistance against the new round of deception and maneuverings pushed by the WTO in this 9th Ministerial Meeting.
“Saudization” is red light for migrant-sending governmentsBy APMM Friday, 08 November 2013
After a four-month amnesty period, the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) is again cracking down on undocumented migrants in line with its policy of “Saudization”. It wants to rid the country of irregular migrants to give employment priority to locals, and as with previous crackdowns, it is only too ready to defy international human rights standards just to be able to implement this new policy.
Thus far, there have been documented cases of grave human rights abuses by KSA authorities in apprehending migrant that have not cleared up their immigration status. Many have been detained in cramped rooms for several days prior to deportation, and have been treated like animals by law enforcers. Such blatant violations of migrant human rights are the norm in Middle Eastern receiving countries where the kafala (sponsorship) system dominates migrant employment, giving desperate migrants no recourse but to overstay and be apprehended by authorities as “undocumenteds”.