Thursday, March 03, 2005

Stop the Massive Crackdown in Malaysia!

UPDATE: More than 30 individuals representing different regional and local organizations in Hong Kong held protest action on March 2 in front of the Malaysian Consulate.The protest action was organized by the Asian Migrants Coordinating Body, Asian Students Association(ASA) and Asia Pacific Mission for Migrants (APMM).

Representatives from the Asian Human Rights Commission, Amnesty International - Asia Pacific, Far East Nepalese Overseas Association, Asosiasi Tenaga Kerja Indonesia and the United Filipinos in Hong Kong delivered their solidarity speech during the protest action.

Copy of the petition letter signed by 260 individuals and organizations from more than 21 countries worldwide and addressed to Malaysian Prime Minister YAB Dato Seri Abdullah Haji Ahmad Badawi was presented to the representative of the Malaysian Consulate in Hong Kong during the protest action.

Here are some of the calls from the protest action:

1. Stop the crackdown on the undocumented migrants immediately.

2. Abolish the 2002 Amended Immigration Act and implement an Immigration Policy that adheres to international human rights standards and instruments.

3. Issue extension visas to migrants with pending labor and court cases and allow them to continue their stay and work with employers who wish to sponsor them;

4. Implement a policy that will address the trafficking issues of women and children;

5. Establish a Special Commission on Migration for a total review and map the road to a comprehensive policy for the management of migration that upholds the rights of migrant workers.