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Civil Society Contributions to the Special Rapporteur’s Report to the UN Human Rights Council on Migrant Labour Recruitment

The UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants will dedicate one of his 2016 reports to the Human Rights Council on international labour recruitment. His office requested inputs from civil society to contribute to the substance and analysis of his report.

In response, the Open Working Group circulated a call for inputs among its membership and hosted online discussions via email, online forums, Facebook, and Twitter. The inputs collected from this online membership consultation, along with the results of previous consultations of Migrant Forum in Asia, Migrants Rights International, and the Global Coalition on Migration, have been aggregated into a full report to the Special Rapporteur. The report outlines our emerging analysis and recommendations on migrant labour recruitment from CSO and migrant community perspectives.

Read the full report here.


Defamation charge against Andy Hall dismissed by court due to unlawful interrogation process

Finnwatch press release
29 October 2014

The Prakanong Court in Bangkok dismissed defamation charges brought against Andy Hall by Natural Fruit Company Ltd, a pineapple export factory. Natural Fruit has launched multiple criminal and civil prosecution against the researcher and activist since February 2013 as a result of his contribution to a Finnwatch report published in 2013. The report revealed serious human rights violations at Natural Fruit's pineapple juice production facilities.

According to the court decision the charge is dismissed due to unlawful interrogation process under section 120 of the criminal procedure code.


Report: Migrant Worker s’ Rights Program - Lessons Learned 2004 - 2014

This report reflects on the Diplomacy Training Program (DTP) and Migrant Forum Asia’s (MFA) activities to build the capacity of advocates for the rights of migrant workers in Asia and the Middle East since 2004. Each year from 2004, DTP and MFA have organized human rights advocacy training programs for members of MFA networks and other individuals committed to promoting respect for the rights of migrant workers.

What began as a shared idea and commitment, and a single program in 2004, has continued for 10 years and provided training for over 300 individuals working for migrant workers’ rights.

To read the full report, please click here, or visit the DTP website to learn more about capacity building initiatives with MFA on the rights of migrant workers and members of their families.


Conference: Lawyers Beyond Borders

From 5-7 September 2014, Migrant Forum in Asia (MFA) and local organizing partner, Caritas Lebanon Migrants Center hosted the second Lawyers Beyond Borders convening in Beirut, Lebanon. This conference gathered together 21 lawyers from the Middle East, the Gulf region, South Asia, and Southeast Asia who specialize in cases involving migrant workers. The first Lawyers Beyond Borders conference was held in 2011 in Bangkok, Thailand.

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