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
Club Union House
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