Tag Archives: Work Rights

Indonesia and Malaysia: Indonesian migrant workers Facing hardship in Malaysia turn to Indonesian Government for Help

While Malaysia managed to flatten its COVID-19 curve with a strict stay-at-home order, a slowed economy has seen many migrant workers from neighbouring Indonesia struggle to feed themselves. As Indonesians — particularly women — face an increasingly desperate situation, there are … Continue reading

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THAILAND, MYANMAR AND CAMBODIA: MIGRANTS STRUGGLE TO RETURN ACROSS CLOSED THAI BORDER

Businesses have reopened and begun hiring after the government eased lockdown measures, but migrant workers who returned home and waited for the Covid-19 outbreak to clear are now finding themselves on the outside looking in, unable to re-enter Thailand. The … Continue reading

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Myanmar/ Burma: IDP Communities Struggling to Survive as COVID-19 Restrictions and Quarantine Measures Causing Destitution

IDPs in remote communities in southeast Burma/Myanmar are struggling to survive. COVID-19-related restrictions on the freedom of movement in these areas—often under the administration of multiple ethnic armed organizations (EAOs)—make it almost impossible for villagers to access livelihoods, generating looming … Continue reading

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Malaysia: Authorities Crackdown on Journalists over Documentary on Undocumented Workers

Several Al Jazeera journalists involved in a recent documentary about Malaysia’s treatment of undocumented workers during the coronavirus pandemic were questioned at the country’s police headquarters on Friday. The police have said they are investigating the staff about potential sedition, defamation and violation … Continue reading

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Myanmar: Interviews with Kachin Women Keeping families afloat despite COVID-19 Setbacks

The New Humanitarian spoke with three women in Je Yang about life in long-term displacement, their hopes for peace, and how the coronavirus has forced communities in Myanmar’s northern borderlands to contend with new worries. Interviews demonstrated how women in Myanmar’s … Continue reading

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Indonesia: Activists Call Attention to Stronger Refugee Protection in the National COVID-19 Response under World Refugee Day Discussions

In the lead up to World Refugee Day on 20 June, discussions with government took place, with activists urging the government to do more to uphold the rights of refugees due the lack of attention given to them as a vulnerable … Continue reading

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Malaysia: Six Cases of Suicide Amongst Undocumented Migrants

Six undocumented migrants from Myanmar have been reported to have committed suicide over the past month in Malaysia. Due to the lockdowns, the migrants had all faced  increased financial hardships.  Many had lost their jobs or were unable to find jobs … Continue reading

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Singapore: COVID-19 in Southeast Asia: non-citizens have a right to protection too

Singapore leads the region in COVID-19 with 28,794 confirmed cases as of 19 May 2020. The majority of Singapore’s cases come from crowded foreign-worker dormitories. Singapore is just one of a number of countries in the region where millions of migrant workers … Continue reading

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Singapore: Condition of Migrant Workers- Lockdown and Testing

Majority of the 26,000 recorded cases of Covid-19 are migrant workers living in crowded dormitories. On the 5th April 2020, the Ministry of Health issued a press release indicating that the overcrowded migrant worker S11 and Westlite Toh Guan Dormitories … Continue reading

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Hong Kong: Concerns over Immigration Detention Centre Conditions and Migrant Worker Rights

Human rights lawyers have raised concerns over the high risk conditions of Immigration Detention Centres for the spread of COVID-19 amongst detainees. Castle Peak Bay Immigration Detention Centre has been particularly criticised following reports of “rats in the premises, malfunctioning toilets, … Continue reading

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