Justice for the 26! Investigate the jungle graves in Thailand!

There will be no peace for those who have perished or for their families if justice is not served.

This is the statement of the International Migrants Alliance (IMA) as it calls on the Thai government to allow an immediate, independent and credible investigation of the jungle camps where 26 bodies of alleged victims of human trafficking have been found early May 2015. The trafficked victims, said to be Rohingya Muslims, have apparently died from starvation of disease.

A few days after, more jungle graves almost 200 meters from the Thailand-Malaysia border were discovered. However, no bodies were found.

According to news reports, the victims were made to stay under the harsh conditions in the jungle until ransom has been paid by their families to the smugglers or trafficking syndicates.

For the IMA, this is a clear violation of the human rights of peoples, especially for the Rohingya people. They have been denied citizenship and shunned both by the Burma/Myanmar and Bangladesh governments. They have been inhumanely treated on so many occasions. It can be remembered that more than 200 were killed and many thousand families displaced when a bloody conflict arose between Buddhists and Muslims in Myanmar last 2012.

The Rohingyas have suffered enough. They should be given justice. And this investigation is one step closer to that.

The IMA, a global alliance of grassroots migrants, refugees and displaced peoples, will closely monitor this situation and will be working with various groups in relevant areas and countries.

Save the Rohingya!

Eni Lestari, chairperson

Tenaganita Statement on Crackdown of Migrants in Malaysia (5 August 2013)


 The Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s assertions that the Malaysian government needs to launch a ‘massive operation’ on undocumented migrants in order to address  the increase of “crime, drugs, prostitution and other illegal activities that may cause a threat to the country’s security” is as malicious as it is misleading, as his Deputy, Datuk Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar reported in Parliament on the 8th of July 2013 that only one percent (1%) of crimes in the country were committed by foreigners[1]. When 99% of crimes are perpetrated by Malaysians, why is the Home Minister expending the energy & limited resources of the enforcement agencies to hunt down migrants who have come to our country to work for us? Are migrants being used, yet again, as scapegoats by the State? Continue reading

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