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Migrant workers caught in the crossfire of the ongoing upheavals in Bahrain and Libya highlight the need to develop international migration policies based on migrants' rights rather than the economic interest of labour sending and receiving countries, knowledgeable sources say.
http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=55179Migrant workers caught in the crossfire of the ongoing upheavals in Bahrain and Libya... more
As many as six out of every 10 Central American women and girls are raped as they pass through Mexico hoping to cross illegally into the United States, Amnesty International said Wednesday.
The rapists include criminal gang members as well as local authorities in collusion with them, said Rupert Knox, an Amnesty International researcher on Mexico.
Knox called on Mexico to take action to end a "really chilling panorama" faced by migrants passing across its borders even as the nation complains about a tough new immigration law in the state of Arizona.
In irate response to the Arizona law, which Republican Gov. Jan Brewer passed last Friday, Mexico issued a travel warning alerting citizens who are traveling to or residing in Arizona that they might face harassment. Aeromexico suspended some flights to Arizona, and the government of the Mexican state of Sonora canceled an annual meeting scheduled for June with its Arizona counterpart to protest the new law.
The London-based human rights group issued a 48-page report titled "Invisible Victims" that says that tens of thousands of migrants, nearly all of them from Central America, fall prey to gangs that rob, kidnap or rape them as they cross Mexico.
Much of the abuse occurs in the southern states of Chiapas and Oaxaca, where criminals who are in cahoots with conductors and local, state or federal police halt freight trains, which often are carrying hundreds of illegal migrants, it said. Problems are also severe in Tabasco and Veracruz states.
Many migrants who pass through those states, Knox said, "suffer abductions, sexual abuse, mistreatment, extortion, murder and other abuses that they endure in this voyage of terror."
Last year, Mexican immigration authorities detained 64,061 migrants, about a fifth of them women or girls, the report says.
Migrants fear that if they report assaults, abductions or rapes, they'll be deported to their home countries, it said.
Amnesty International arrived at the conclusion that as many as six out of 10 women are raped after sifting through independent studies, consulting Mexican and international experts and monitors, and conducting its own interviews, Knox said.
"Many women migrants are deterred from reporting sexual violence by the pressures to continue their journey and the lack of access to an effective complaints procedure," the report says. It adds that the prevalence of rape is such that some smugglers of people demand that women have contraceptive injections before the journey as a precaution.
Even when severe abuses are reported to the government, they remain a low priority for many state and federal authorities, the report says.
Criminal gangs are behind most of the abuses but "there is evidence that state officials are involved at some level, either directly or as a result of complicity and acquiescence," it adds.As many as six out of every 10 Central American women and girls are raped as they pass... more
A JUDGE who ruled a migrant could stay in Britain because he has a cat said the moggie "need no longer fear Bolivian mice".
The South American was ordered to leave by the UK Border Agency after remaining here for four years - longer than a visa allowed.
But Home Office officials were left stunned when the man argued at an Asylum and Immigration tribunal that parting him from the pet would breach his human rights.
He said ownership of the cat with his girlfriend was evidence that he was fully settled in Britain and in a committed relationship.
Judges then dismissed an appeal by Home Office lawyers - and even blanked out the cat's name alongside the man's in official papers to protect privacy.
Should we just open the borders and do away with the UK Border Agency?A JUDGE who ruled a migrant could stay in Britain because he has a cat said the moggie... more
Before Hurricane Katrina, the melting pot of New Orleans was about two-thirds black and a third white. The Latino population was almost unnoticed. But a new spice is being stirred into the gumbo. With half of New Orleanians still not home a year after the flooding, tens of thousands of Latino migrant workers have arrived to rebuild, half of them undocumented. They were unprepared for what they found--everything from discrimination to health hazards to deportations. After the storm, the government let contractors hire people without a fair wage, safe conditions or legal status. With their bare hands, workers gut homes that soaked in a cocktail of cancerous chemicals. Some worked for weeks and never get paid. Meanwhile, the mayor has wondered how to keep New Orleans from being "overrun by Mexican workers." Many local black residents share his view of Latinos as a threat. When I migrated to this country from Peru as a child, I learned what tolerance was by feeling neither accepted nor tolerated. Tolerance is about getting along with people who may be different. It's also about how society tolerates the mistreatment of its people. Still, I believe that the acceptance of the Hispanic working class into a new New Orleans will be slow, but sure. The seed of tolerance is intolerance. I've never made a film before. I learned about this contest on August 29th and became compelled when I learned about the plight of migrant workers in the Gulf region.Before Hurricane Katrina, the melting pot of New Orleans was about two-thirds black... more