Thursday, 1 December 2011

IMA Hong Kong protests 5th GFMD

IMA Hong Kong protests 5th GFMD

The International Migrants Alliance Hong Kong (IMA-HK) led a picket protest at the Swiss Consulate General today, December 1, as an expression of its involvement in the global migrant movement against the Global Forum on Migration and Development, which is holding its 5th round in Geneva, Switzerland from now until tomorrow, December 2. The Swiss government is host to the 5th round of the GFMD.

Carrying colored placards that read “No to GFMD!”, “We are workers, we are not slaves!” and “No to forced labor migration!”, around 20 migrant workers and their advocates walked at a slow pace along the footbridge that led to Central Plaza, where the Swiss Consulate General is situated.

Once in front of the Central Plaza building, a short program ensued with Eman Villanueva, secretary general of the United Filipinos in Hong Kong (UNIFIL-MIGRANTE-IMA), reading the statement that the IMA released on the occasion of the 5th GFMD.

Other organizations participating in the protest were the Asia Pacific Mission for Migrants (APMM), Association of Indonesian Migrant Workers (ATKI-HK), Indonesian Migrant Workers Union (IMWU-HK), Asia Pacific Students and Youth Association (ASA), Filipino Migrant Workers Union, Association of Filipino Women Migrant Workers (FILWOM), and Filipino Migrants Association (FMA-HK).

1 comment:

Sampath Perera said...

The attack on workers rights are bound up with the increasing crisis of the world capitalism. Domestic workers have become more vulnerable in this situation. However, the fight to protect democratic rights of domestic workers is bounded with similar fight of other workers. The need of the day is building a mass working class party independent of bourgeois parties and trade unions that police the working class on behalf of the exploiters. Read World Socialist Web Site ( for more on this perspective.