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Indonesia: Verdict on RI migrant worker in death penalty case postponed

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is expected to discuss the fate of 20-year old Indonesian migrant worker Wilfrida Soik with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak at a meeting scheduled to be held on the sidelines of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Bali. This follows the decision by...

The Philippines: Filipino migrants’ rights advocates join high level talks on migration

MANILA – Filipino migrant rights advocates are joining this year’s International Assembly of Migrants and Refugees, a parallel event to the United Nation’s High Level Dialogue on Migration and Development, to call for an end to the Global Forum on Migration and Development and bury the notion that migration...

Thailand: Government signs MoU to support landmark labour law

The government has signed a memorandum of understanding with a network of labour groups involving two key International Labour Organisation conventions, which could lead to landmark changes in Thailand’s labour law guaranteeing workers – including migrants – certain legal rights and conditions. It’s something authorities have long tried to...

Thailand sends 13 Rohingyas home

BANGKOK, 15 October 2013 (NNT) – Thailand has sent 13 Rohingyas who were arrested for illegal entry early this year back to their motherland of Bangladesh. Immigration Police Commissioner Major General Panu Kerdlabpol, along with other Thai officials, has seen off 13 migrants at Suvarnabhumi Airport. The 13 Rohingyas entered...

Myanmar: Over 2,000 migrant workers file labor grievances

U Sein Htay, leader of the Migrant Worker Rights Network, announced on14 October that over 2,000 Myanmar workers based in Mahachai,Thailand, have filed workplace complaints within the past year. U Sein Htay reported this figure at a workshop on migration and mediaheld in Yangon. Workers have citedissues such as physical injury,...

Group Protests Fate of Condemned Nigerians In Indonesia

A coalition of Human Rights groups has stormed the Anambra state House of Assembly in a protest to demand the intervention of the lawmakers in the release of 14 Nigerians currently on death row in Indonesia. The group stated that the prisoners had been condemned to death without fair hearing. Mr....

Indonesia: Workers’ Death in Malaysia Sparks Outcry

Mataram - As the bodies of four Indonesians shot dead by Malaysian police last week arrived and were subsequently buried in their hometown here on Thursday, demands are mounting for the Indonesian government to lodge a protest and seek explanation for the deadly incident. The bodies of the men, identified...

Thailand: Proposal to DNA-test migrant workers panned

Prompted by concerns over the ease with which foreigners will be able to travel in and out of the country once the Asean Economic Community (AEC) commences in 2015, the Institute for Forensic Medicine is calling on the government to collect the DNA of all migrant workers entering the...

Dignity in Decent Work: Protect Domestic Workers From Abuse

“I woke up at 4:15 a.m.,” Asma said. “I was exhausted when I went to sleep at 10 p.m. I only had five minutes’ rest … I did not get any days off salary.” Asma is one of an estimated 1.8 million women and girls in Indonesia who...

Myanmar: 1000s of Rohingyas pushed into cheap labor in India

Thousands of Rohingya Muslims have been pushed into cheap labor in India after fleeing sectarian violence in Myanmar, Press TV reports. Escaping the death and destruction in their own country, thousands of Rohingya are living in abysmal condition in Muslims in Jammu region of Indian-controlled Kashmi where they work as...