Uphold human rights and justice. End the violence. Peacefully resolve the Sabah standoff now.

Uphold human rights and justice. End the violence.

Peacefully resolve the Sabah standoff now.

Statement of the International Migrants’ Alliance on the Sabah standoff

March 12, 2013

We in the International Migrants’ Alliance (IMA) call on both the Philippine and Malaysian governments to immediately cease from any militaristic pursuits to resolve the Sabah standoff and instead sit down for a dialogue to peacefully and justly settle the crisis.

The crisis has seen 61 people killed and several others injured. It has also caused an escalation in cases of arrest, detention and deportation of many undocumented Filipinos in Malaysia, particularly those in Sabah. According to news reports, more than 300 Filipinos have already been deported since the start of the standoff. Not only layoffs of Filipinos have been reported but also allegations of abuse and ostracism of Filipino deportees by Malaysian authorities. Some families in the occupied village have also been displaced. Continue reading

Fight for a better now! Rise and resist capitalist exploitation and abuse!

Statement of the International Migrants’ Alliance on the 2013 International Women’s Day

Fight for a better now! Rise and resist capitalist exploitation and abuse!

This shall be the call of the International Migrants’ Alliance (IMA) as we join the many working women around the world in commemorating the International Working Women’s Day this March 8, 2013.

We remember and continue to be inspired by the defiance of the women workers who fought for class and gender liberation when they struggled collectively against low wages, long working hours and oppressive working condition in the factories they worked in. Their defiance and struggle was what started and marked the International Working Women’s Day and it is what we aim to continue unto this day.

The active participation of our women and men members in the February 14, 2013 One Billion Rising campaign is a clear manifestation of our collective unity against exploitation and oppression of women. Continue reading