26 November 2014
The 4th Annual Meeting of the Asian Inter-Parliamentary Caucus on Labour Migration was convened in Kathmandu, Nepal from 8-9 November 2014. There were 40 participants to the conference, which included current and former Members of Parliament, Parliamentary staff, representatives from civil society and trade unions and select expert resource speakers. Countries represented were Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, and Singapore.
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Advisory Committee Meeting and Fact Finding Mission
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
On 14-16 April 2014, the Advisory Committee of the Asian Inter-Parliamentary Caucus on Labour Migration met in Kuala Lumpur for their second meeting and to conduct a ‘fact-finding’ mission in Malaysia. The 7 participants included current members of parliament, parliamentary staff and former parliamentarians from Cambodia, Malaysia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, the Philippines and Pakistan. The delegation heard from civil society, trade unionists, current migrant workers in Malaysia, representatives from the National Human Rights Commission (SUHAKAM), and members of the Malaysian Bar council on the situation of migrant workers in the country.
Committee of Overseas Workers Affairs 5th Regular Meeting: February 26, 2014
On February 26th, the House of Representative called the first hearing of 2014 to follow up on deliberations from 2013. The meeting, chaired by congressmen Walden Bello, included the continuation of deliberations on the Sex for Flight scheme, updates from the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA) on the anticipated ‘mega recruitment agencies’ in Saudi Arabia, the continued discussion on the alleged violent crackdown of OFWs at the Embassy in Riyadh in 2013, and initial investigations into the disappearance of two Filipino migrant workers.
- Updates from the Philippines: MPs Expose Sex for Flight Scheme
- Updates from Cambodia: MPs Follow up on Bilateral Agreements
- Asian Inter-Parliamentary Caucus on Labour Migration Statement for International Migrants’ Day
- 7th Annual Meeting of Asian Parliamentarians on Migration Successfully Organized in Bangkok, Thailand