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A Bangladeshi migrant worker in Malaysia faces dire consequences for speaking out about the poor treatment of migrant workers in the country. Mohamed Rayhan Kabir spoke to Al Jazeera about Malaysia’s controversial roundup of undocumented migrants…
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  What are your main concerns about the coronavirus in Asia? Because testing is so poor in most of Asia, we have no visibility about how widespread infections are. Overcrowded cities where social distancing is challenging or impossible also…
Factory workers wearing protective masks return to Dhaka from northern and southern districts in Bangladesh amid the government’s shutdown in response to the coronavirus pandemic, April 4, 2020.
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“They Will Kill Us If We Go Back”

“How can we go back?” Mohammad, a Rohingya refugee in a Bangladesh camp called to tell me. “They will kill us if we go back.” There is panic in the refugee camps, he said, after Myanmar and Bangladesh announced plans to start refugee…
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H.E. Ahmed Saleem Secretary General SAARC Secretariat PO Box 4222 Tridevi Marg Kathmandu, Nepal Fax: +977 1 4227033, 4223991   Dear Mr. Saleem, We are writing to you in advance of International Migrants Day, December 18, to…
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Perilous Plight Burma’s Rohingya Take to the Seas Introduction Conditions for Rohingya Inside Burma Burma’s Denial of Citizenship Rights to Rohingya Thailand’s Culpability and a Flawed Policy of…
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(Abu Dhabi) - When labor ministers from 22 Asian and Middle Eastern countries meet in Abu Dhabi this week to discuss Asian contract migrant workers, they should address widespread violations of migrant workers’ rights, Human Rights Watch said today. Both…
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Migrants’ Groups Call for Key Reforms

To participants in the Colombo process, including governments in Asia and the Middle East, and the International Organization for Migration (IOM): We, the undersigned groups, represent migrants’ associations, trade unions, human rights groups, and other…
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Migrants’ Groups Call for Key Reforms on International Migrants Day

(New York) - Governments in Asia and the Middle East must take stronger action to fight rampant abuse against migrant workers, several migrants’ and human rights groups said in a joint letter on the eve of December 18, International Migrants’ Day. Tens…
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Thailand Also Forcing Asylum Seekers Back into Burma

(New York) - Rohingya refugees from Burma living in Bangladesh face an increased risk of mistreatment and are being denied access to necessary humanitarian aid by the Bangladeshi authorities, endangering thousands of civilians and compelling many to seek…
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New Law Should Protect Right to Strike and Cover Domestic Workers

(Dubai) - The United Arab Emirates' proposed labor law falls far short of international standards for workers' rights, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The law should be revised to protect workers' rights to organize, bargain…
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Torture, Unfair Trials and Forced Confinement Pervasive

(London) - In Saudi Arabia foreign workers—who comprise one-third of the kingdom’s population—face torture, forced confessions and unfair trials when they are accused of crimes, Human Rights Watch said today in a report that offers a rare glimpse into the…
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SUMMARY "It was like a bad dream" is the way one migrant worker from the Philippines summed up his experiences in Saudi Arabia.Another worker, from Bangladesh, told us: "I slept many nights beside the road and spent many…