Migrants Rights Network – Website launch July 1st

Migrants Rights Network – Website launch

Get a preview of the new website now, just visit: http://www.migrantsrights.org.uk

The Migrants Rights Network website will be fully launched
on July 1st 2007, to mark the 4th anniversary of The
International Convention on the Protection of the Rights
of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families coming
into force.

Copy of the Convention:

A copy can also be downloaded directly from:

Report: Migrants Voices, Migrants Rights
Can migrant community organisations change the immigration
debate in Britain today?
(28 page PDF)

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Contact info
Migrants Rights Network
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253-254 Upper Street
N1 1RY
Tel: 020 7288 1267
Fax: 020 7354 5620

Ordeal of foreign spouses in Malaysia

Ordeal of foreign spouses in Malaysia

YB Lim Kit Siang, DAP Malaysia



by B.R.

It is almost unimaginable the daily trauma that is faced by them, some of them are born overseas but were unable to get registered at the Malaysian high commission or embassy within the stipulated time. They are faced with daily trauma, which includes inability to attend local schools, universities, long waits at immigration to get a visa, when in actual fact they are Malaysians.

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AI report:Migrant workers, refugees and asylum-seekers



Migrant workers, refugees and asylum-seekers

  1. Mass arrests of migrant workers, refugees and asylum-seekers by the People’s Volunteer Corps (Rela) continued.
  2. According to a government news agency, 24,770 migrants had been detained by Rela as of August 2007.
  3. Rela officials continued to be accused of using excessive force and arbitrary detention when conducting raids.
  4. Migrant workers were also subjected to psychological and physical abuse by agencies and employers.
  5. They were often denied equal access to benefits and protections guaranteed to Malaysian workers, including maternity provisions, limits on working hours and holidays.

Cruel, inhuman and degrading punishments

Caning continued to be used for many offences, including immigration offences. Irregular migrants (those lacking proper documentation) and refugees were reported to have received canings. Continue reading

Amnesty International’s report on Myanmar

Amnesty International’s report on Myanmar


Head of State Senior General Than Shwe
Head of government General Thein Sein (replaced General Soe Win in October)
Death penalty abolitionist in practice
Population 51.5 million
Life expectancy 60.8 years
Under-5 mortality (m/f) 107/89 per 1,000
Adult literacy 89.9 per cent


The human rights situation in Myanmar continued to deteriorate, culminating in September when authorities staged a five-day crackdown on widespread protests that had begun six weeks earlier. The peaceful protests voiced both economic and political grievances.

  • More than 100 people were believed to have been killed in the crackdown, and a similar number were the victims of enforced disappearance.
  • Several thousands were detained in deplorable conditions.
  • The government began prosecutions under anti-terrorism legislation against many protestors. International response to the crisis included a tightening of sanctions by Western countries.
  • At least 1,150 additional political prisoners, some arrested decades ago, remained in detention. Continue reading

AI report 08: At a Glance

Report 08: At a Glance

60 years of human rights failure – Governments must apologize and act now

Amnesty International today challenged world leaders to apologize for six decades of human rights failure and re-commit themselves to deliver concrete improvements.

“The human rights flashpoints in Darfur, Zimbabwe, Gaza, Iraq and Myanmar demand immediate action,” said Irene Khan, Secretary General of Amnesty International, launching AI Report 2008: State of the World’s Human Rights.

“Injustice, inequality and impunity are the hallmarks of our world today. Governments must act now to close the yawning gap between promise and performance.” Continue reading

Please stop Stereotyping and Racial Profiling of Foreigners

 Please stop Stereotyping and Racial Profiling of Foreigners

Dr Ian Chai, “Stop the stereotyping of Africans” in Malaysiakini

May I recap some famous quotations about Racial Discrimination before going to the good letter from Malaysiakini_

From the UN Charter

  1. The purposes of the United Nations are – – – to achieve International cooperation – – – in promoting and encouraging respect for human rights and for fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language and religion…”
  2. There is no country in the world exempt of discrimination. No matter how severe or how mild the ratio of discrimination is, no nation is free from it. Either for one circumstance or another, not all countries are capable of giving the importance and dedication this issue needs. Even though we are all consciously aware of this topic, there is still a long road to cross.

Our mission therefore is to_

confront ignorance with knowledge,

bigotry with tolerance,

and isolation with outstretched hand of generosity.

Racism can, will and must be defeated.

Almost every country in the world suffers prejudice among its own people, either racial discrimination, xenophobia or religious intolerance.” Continue reading

Honte sur toi, La marine française rendue à la junte

Shame on you

French navy surrendered to Junta’s ‘will’

(Dear English readers, this whole news is in English. The heading and the first paragraph only are translated in to French, just to draw attention to French readers and activists.)


PHUKET : Le mistral français de bateau de marine s’est accouplé hier pour décharger des milliers de tonnes d’approvisionnements pour des victimes de cyclone en Birmanie après la junte refusée l’a laissée entrer dans le pays.

 » Le déchargement a commencé et finira ce soir (hier), » un diplomate français dit, félicitant » l’excellente coopération » avec des autorités thaïes.

La cargaison sera maintenue dans un entrepôt jusqu’à ce qu’un navire commercial puisse le porter en Birmanie, un dirigeant naval thaï dit. Continue reading

“Release Suu Kyi”, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

 “Release Suu Kyi”

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

New York (PTI): The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Louise Arbour, has asked Myanmar government to “unconditionally” release pro-democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, two days after the junta extended her house arrest.

“Her unconditional release will be critical in facilitating national reconciliation and democratic transition, to which the Myanmar leadership has committed itself,” Arbour said on Wednesday. Continue reading

SPDC junta’s great lie

SPDC junta’s great lie

The Australian

 Kenneth Denby, Kyauktan, Burma | May 28, 2008

IT will be years before the Irrawaddy Delta recovers from Cyclone Nargis – but a visitor to the Sinkan refugee camp could be forgiven for wondering what all the fuss was about.

Its 39 blue tents are neat and evenly spaced and their occupants look clean and contented.

A team of white-uniformed doctors and nurses tends to their medical needs, white UN Toyota Land Cruisers stand in attendance and a group of Japanese diplomats inspects the camp, snapping photographs as they go.

This is the version of Cyclone Nargis that the Burmese Government presents to the world – a tragic misfortune, now well on the way to being overcome with discipline, good organisation and a bit of international help.

It is a grotesque lie, which is exposed by going just 10 minutes down the road. There, on the riverbank of the town of Kyauktan, are the true victims – struck down first by the cyclone and then by the neglect and stubbornness of their own Government. Continue reading

Profiting from health testing on migrant workers

 Profiting from health testing on migrant workers

Tuesday, 27 May 2008

Why should migrant workers undergo mandatory health testing by private firm Fomema when expatriates and other classes of foreigners are not tested? Isn’t this discriminatory, dehumanising and a violation of migrants’ rights, asks CARAM Asia.

CARAM Asia has responded to articles published in the New Sunday Times on 25 May on the issue of incoming domestic workers with diseases who have purportedly passed the health testing carried out by health testing providers.

The failure of health testing system

These articles reinforced CARAM Asia’s findings revealed after our research in 16 countries on mandatory health-testing polices. Mandatory health testing serves no role in public health and plays no practical role in HIV prevention. Further, the findings suggested that the systems of health testing are inherited with flaws and loopholes. One of the most prominent findings is that the policy and practice of mandatory health and HIV testing for migrant workers is discriminatory, dehumanising and violates migrants’ rights.

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Mercy prepares 180 physicians for service in Irrawaddy Delta

The Star Online

Thursday May 29, 2008



KUALA LUMPUR: Mercy Malaysia has trained 180 doctors from the Myanmar Medical Association in Yangon for deployment in the Irrawaddy Delta.

Mercy president Datuk Dr Jemilah Mahmood said yesterday the local doctors there had volunteered to either work with Mercy or treat Cyclone Nargis victims at the delta’s southern region.

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How long must the Burmese wait?


Published: May 28, 2008


On Tuesday, the Burmese junta extended the detention of the pro-democracy leader and the world’s only imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi, for an additional year. This marks the fifth consecutive year that Suu Kyi’s house arrest has been prolonged and a new low for General Than Shwe, who regularly runs roughshod over the rule of law – even draconian national security laws of the regime’s own creation.

Suu Kyi has spent more than 12 out of the last 18 years under house arrest since she and her allies won 82 percent of the parliamentary seats in Myanmar’s 1990 elections. Continue reading

Extension of Suu Kyi’s detention, Malaysia should lead ASEAN condemnation

Extension of Suu Kyi’s detention

Malaysia should lead ASEAN condemnation

YB LIM KIT SIANG, Malaysia’s DAP leader’s weblog

During the committee stage debate of the Foreign Ministry in Parliament this morning, I called on the Malaysian government to lead the ASEAN condemnation of the Myanmar military junta for the extension of detention of Burmese Opposition Leader and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi.

Suu Kyi has been incarcerated for more than 13 years in the past 18 years, with the present five-year detention going back to the Depayin Massacre in May 2003. Continue reading

Stop discriminations in accepting the migrants in Malaysia

Stop discriminations in accepting the migrants in Malaysia

(The writer is president of the Tenaganita. Sorry Ms Irene Fernandez and Malaysiakini, I am scared and omit out some sentences for my safety. I hope you could understand and forgive me. ) 

Irene Fernandez in Malaysiakini May 28, 08

Each child has a dream.

  • Each one looks forward to a future with dignity.
  • And each child seeks her identity. But for thousands of children in Sabah, they remain undocumented or stateless.
  • They maybe a Filipino, an Indonesian or an indigenous child seeking the same dream as they grow up.
  • The tens of thousands of these children did not choose to be born and not be recognised.
  • We invited their parents when there was danger to their lives as the Mindanao conflict sharpened in the 1970’s. We did the correct thing.
  • We also invited thousands of workers from our neighbouring country, Indonesia to help us develop the oil palm plantations.
  • It is a very promising industry for the nation. And it was right thing to maintain the economic boom. Continue reading