Asean rights pact ‘ignores migrant workers’

Asean rights pact ‘ignores migrant workers’

Malaysiakini news Nov 22, 07

Migrant rights groups in Southeast Asia have slammed Asean leaders for signing a charter that ignores the issue of migrant workers. 


The charter establishes the regional bloc as a rules-based legal entity, creates a single market and production base, and allows for the free flow of business persons, professionals, talents and labour.


Yet, there is “not one word” that recognises the contributions of migrant workers towards the economic development of member-states, and neither are there provisions for the protection and promotion of their rights and welfare, said the groups in separate statements.

“The Asean charter is not an instrument to achieve justice and equality for migrant workers,” said Migrant Care coordinator (Malaysia) Alex Ong in a statement jointly signed by Jakarta-based executive director Anis Hidayah and policy analyst Wahyu Susilo.

As such, Asean has failed to deliver its mandate as an organisation that purports to represent the people of Southeast Asia, Ong added.

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Revisiting the political genie in us…

Revisiting the political genie in us…

Extracts from_  Malaysiakini letter by Dr David KL Quek | Jul 11, 08

‘Mankind’s moral sense is not a strong beacon light, radiating outward to illuminate in sharp outline all that it touches. It is, rather, a small candle flame, casting vague and multiple shadows, flickering and sputtering in the strong winds of power and passion, greed and ideology. But brought close to the heart and cupped in one’s hands, it dispels the darkness and warms the soul.’~ James Q Wilson, in

The Moral Sense, 1997, p251. Free Press Paperbacks, NY.

Ten years ago, I ventured into the unfamiliar arena of vocalising my usually submerged self-censored political thoughts and started to open up discussions and discourse on our then unsettling sociopolitical situation in Malaysia, among doctors.
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Foreign workers’ Visa probe: ACA detains 20 persons including Malaysia Immigration’s two DGs and several Datuks

Deputy D-G and kin also held

Sunday,July 13,2008

KLANG: Immigration Department deputy director-general Yusof Abu Bakar and a close relative have been remanded for five days by a magistrate’s court here to assist the ACA in a graft probe.

Yusof, 54 and the relative were brought before the court at about 11.20am.

ACA catch: Yusof being led to the Klang magistrate’s court yesterday where an order to remand him for five days was obtained.

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Chinese leader pledges (FOREIGN)media freedom (ONLY) during Olympics

BEIJING (AP) – A top Chinese official reiterated Beijing’s pledge Friday to give foreign journalists unfettered access during the Olympic games, despite skepticism by human rights advocates and continued harrassment of reporters in China.

Li Changchun, the fifth-ranked official in the country, is encouraging foreign journalists to report “extensively” on the games, the China Daily newspaper said.

“China will earnestly abide by relevant regulations regarding foreign journalists’ reporting activities in the country,” Li was quoted as saying, while touring the newly opened Beijing International Media Center Thursday.

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As Olympics Approach, Oppressive Grip Tightens


By Ally Wang, Mimi Li, and Shaoshao Chen

Jul 09,2008

NEW YORK—In less than 30 days, Beijing will kick off its opening ceremonies for the 2008 Olympics. While China prepares for its appearance on the world’s center stage, the Tibetans, Uighurs, Falun Gong practitioners, and political dissidents of China will undoubtedly suffer 30 days of persecution and oppression.

These groups who are denied rights by the Chinese regime cannot have their voices heard in China. But here in America, where freedom of speech is not muffled, protests and calls for human rights have strengthened recently as the start of Beijing ’08 draws closer.

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Tibet exile says 209 died in anti-China protests

MOSCOW (Reuters) – A Chinese crackdown in Tibet has killed at least 209 anti-government protesters and turned the mountainous province into a virtual prison, the speaker of the self-proclaimed Tibetan parliament-in-exile said on Friday.


“According to information which we checked and double- checked, the latest number of people killed is 209,” said Karma Chophel, speaker of the Tibetan parliament which sits in the northern Indian town of Dharasalam.

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Amnesty seeks ‘missing’ Tibetans

More than 1,000 Tibetans detained during protests against the Chinese government in March remain unaccounted for, Amnesty International says.

In a report, the human rights group said there were reports that detainees had been beaten and deprived of food.

Ahead of the Olympic torch relay through Tibet, Amnesty asked China to “shine some light” on the situation.

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