IMA Statement on the Honduran Migrant Caravan

Honduran migrant caravan is the people’s resistance against imperialist exploitation and control

 

Their march is their defiance against imperialism.

The International Migrants Alliance expresses the strongest solidarity to the 7,000-strong Latin American migrants who have caravanned through Central America and are now in Mexico with the target of landing at the US-Mexico border.

The Latin American migrants, many of whom come from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, and with half of them being women and children, do not only live in abject poverty but are exposed to violence, exploitation and government neglect. These conditions they face are caused by continued adherence of their governments to neoliberal impositions and militarism with the intent of defending the interests of monopoly capitalist corporations.

With the intensification of neoliberalism in Central America, corporations ravage agriculture and natural resources while the military and paramilitary forces, fuelled with international aid, assault peasants or campesinos, women, and people who resist these projects. Human rights violations like extrajudicial killings, disappearances and massive arrests of peasants, activists and other advocates are alarmingly high in all three countries. Both governments and corporations are party to the conditions that push the people to leave their countries and find greener and safer ground abroad.

The US government under Donald Trump on the other hand deserves the strongest condemnation for threatening to use any means possible to deligitimize, disperse and destroy the migrant caravan. It is hypocritical of the Trump administration to use thug tactics against the Central American governments for “not preventing their people to leave” while the former funnels financial support to military and security development of the latter.

While it is has similar characteristics with the Mediterranean exodus of African migrants, the migrant caravan in Latin America clearly presents the growing people’s resistance to imperialist exploitation to the point of defying US militarism, especially at the US-Mexico border.

The Trump administration is obviously scared to the bones of the migrants who are now expressing their determination to live and to fight. He and his ilk are afraid that the migrants will spark the fire of struggle in the hearts of the Mexican people and other nationalities, whom the US government has deported over the past many years. How can imperialism nip at the bud a movement of people who are now opposing any more impoverishment, any more slave-like conditions, any more inequality brought about by imperialism itself?

Forced migration does not happen overnight. This is the result of continued imperialist control over underdeveloped nations, their peoples and resources. It is the result and will continue to be aggravated by a global system that premiums on capitalist greed for profit while enslaving, exploiting and stifling the rights and freedoms of peoples.

The migrant caravan that started in Honduras is an expression of the people’s resistance to a world of inequality, poverty and class exploitation. It is people’s defiance against neoliberal impositions and the challenge posed on governments not only in Central America but in all of the world to heed the people’s demands. It is the people’s stand against imperialism.

The IMA will continue to monitor the migrant caravan and will coordinate with our partner and friend organizations assisting them. We demand the US government to retract its threats against the migrants, and instead heed to demands and find just means to address the migrants’ plea.

No walls or borders should stop our solidarity. No person should be shunned away in shame or harmed because they speak their mind. No migrant should be cast away.

No one is illegal.

Welcome all migrants.

End forced migration.

 

27 October 2018 Statement

Reference: Eni Lestari, IMA chairperson

ima.sect@gmail.com

 

 

[Statement] IMA on US withdrawal from GCM

US withdrawal from migration pact shows callous disregard of need to protect rights of migrants: Trump wants perpetration of exploitation and forced displacement

Reference: Ms. Eni Lestari, IMA Chairperson
4 December 2017

The recent US government’s pronouncement of withdrawing from the process of creating the United Nations Global Compact on Migration is a callous disregard of the need for the international community to address pressing concerns of the millions of displaced peoples. It reeks of arrogance just so it can ensure the unchecked implementation of anti-immigrant policies within the US while maintaining the current global migration design of forced migration and exploitation of migrants.

In a statement signed by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the US government stated that the provisions of the GCM are “inconsistent with the US Immigration and refugee policies and the Trump administration’s immigration principles.”

Clearly, what the US government meant was that challenges thrown to the GCM process by migrants and advocates to make the said compact address human rights, labor issues, gender concerns, and the root causes of migration – even while States drumbeat resources gained from migration – are not consistent with Trump’s immigration policy directions.

The Trump immigration policies include massive cuts in the number of immigrants allowed in the US, widespread crackdown – arrest, detention and deportation of undocumented migrants – and further exploitation of immigrants allowed to stay in the country. As President, Donald Trump has pushed for the construction of a wall on the US-Mexico border and implemented a travel ban on six Muslim majority countries.

The International Migrants Alliance (IMA) believes that such withdrawal is a total disregard of the importance and principles of international cooperation and solidarity, and an arbitrary reneging from commitments reflected in the New York Declaration that resulted from the UN Summit on Migrants and Refugees held in September last year.

Even before the non-binding global compact is negotiated and its implementation providing no assurance for drastic and concrete changes, the Trump administration is already afraid to be put accountable to the intensifying displacement of people due to neoliberal policies and the multiple wars that are both championed by the US. The twin measures that the US upholds perpetuate massive poverty and unemployment, environmental degradation, constriction of social services, and a host of other grave impacts that force people to leave their countries of origin only to be trapped in further vulnerable and exploitative conditions in countries of destination.

IMA believes that such decision made by the Trump administration to withdraw from the GCM process can create a bandwagon effect especially on the commitments that major receiving countries of migrants and refugees will pledge. The GCM that is already in a tenuous position to resolve issues of migrants will end up as another shallow pact of UN Member States.

The International Migrants Alliance, the global alliance of migrants, immigrants and refugee organizations is calling its members in more than 30 countries including its allies to remain vigilant in this on-going process of crafting a global compact on migration and refugees.

IMA will continue to expose and oppose the root causes of forced migration and the exploitation of migrants. IMA will pursue the building of the global movement of migrants to resist neoliberal dictates and agenda on migration. It will continue to advance changes in all levels – national to international – that will uphold the rights and wellbeing of migrants and bring about a more democratic and pro-people system where migration is a free exercise of right and not an instrument and result of an exploitative and oppressive capitalist system.

IMA Statement on 2016 Migrants Day

Strengthen the grassroots movement of migrants:
Fight back against neoliberal globalization, forced displacement and violations of our rights!

18 December 2016

On the occasion of the International Migrants Day, the International Migrants Alliance (IMA) gives our salute to all migrants and displaced people who continue to work on the ground to defend the rights and promote the wellbeing of the sector.

We give our highest regard to grassroots migrants who – despite odds and obstacles – continue to build their organized strength, empower their communities, expose their real conditions, and confront policies and powers that exploit, oppress and marginalize foreign workers.

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HK FDW to address UN assembly for first time on rights of migrants vs exclusion, commodification and slavery

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Press Release
08 September 2016
For reference: Eni Lestari
Chairperson
Tel. No.: 96081475

HK FDW to address UN assembly for first time on rights of migrants vs exclusion, commodification and slavery

The world must know of the plight of migrant workers. The world must know that in Hong Kong, migrant domestic workers are still very much marginalized, excluded and unprotected.

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2016 International Labor Day Statement

Fight for our rights, our families, our future:
Migrant and local workers unite for a world
without imperialist globalization!

1 May 2016

A world without imperialism is possible.

This is the statement of the International Migrants Alliance as we join the movements of workers and peoples around the world in commemorating International Labour Day this 2016.

Everywhere, imperialism causes suffering to workers and peoples. Through the years, it has imposed the neoliberal policies of liberalisation, deregulation and privatisation that have spelled doom on many economies, devastating our agriculture and industry, and causing long-stricken poverty and social unrest. Continue reading

IMA Statement on Brussels Bombing

Justice to the victims of the Brussels bombings:

Equally defend all migrants and peoples against terrorism, racism, militarism and war!

The International Migrants Alliance, a global alliance of grassroots migrants, refugees and displaced peoples organizations and their advocates, expresses its sincerest sympathy and solidarity with the people of Belgium as they rise from the tragic terrorist attacks.

In the morning of March 22, both the Brussels Airport and the Maelbeek Metro Station were bombed killing 35 civilians and injuring more than 170. The terrorist group Daesh (ISIS/ISIL) admitted to the heinous acts. Continue reading

Statement on the 2015 IMD

Let Odds Be In Our Favor: Defend the Rights, Welfare and Dignity of Migrants and Peoples! Fight and Fail Neoliberal Attacks on Us and Our World!

Statement of the International Migrants Alliance on the 15th International Migrants Day
18 December 2015

This year, migrants have faced tremendous odds. Economies of receiving and developed countries have remained in the brink of collapse and have not recovered since 2008. The continued adherence of world powers to neo-liberal policies has created fragile economies, jobs have been scant and unemployment remains high. To mask the weakness of their economies, governments from the North are quick to blame the migrants as the source of job scarcity, fueling xenophobia and racism against the migrants, despite the reality that the most dangerous and dirty jobs are being reserved for the them. This is happening in the midst of the top 1% continuing with the plunder of taxes and public funds, coupled with governments imposing belly-crushing belt-tightening policies and austerity measures. Continue reading