Migrante International’s 28th Anniversary

Today marks the 28th anniversary of Migrante International’s (MI) founding congress. MI was founded after the death of Flor Contemplacion, a Filipina domestic worker living in Singapore who was sentenced to the death penalty for alleged crimes against another domestic worker.

Filipina domestic worker Flor Contemplacion.

Contemplacion’s case brought widespread attention to the Filipino government’s inaction on the critical situations of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), many of whom face human rights violations daily and are provided with little to no support from their host or home countries. More broadly, Filipinos condemned the government for pushing people to work overseas in precarious and exploitative conditions.

MI came together in 1996 to address the discrimination, exploitation, and abuse that OFWs face. They sought to promote migrant rights, strengthen unity among workers and their families, and promote the right for workers to organise. They also aimed to address the root causes of forced migration by pushing for the creation of a self-reliant economy in the Philippines and an end to the Labour Export Policy.

Today, MI has chapters around the world. They advocate, shelter, counsel, and provide immediate legal support for OFWs internationally. As a member of the International Migrants Alliance, they work to connect and uplift migrant associations worldwide.

Migrante-International’s 9th congress, held from Andres Bonifacio Day, November 30 to December 2, 2023, in Bangkok, Thailand. 

Their various campaigns tackle the root causes of forced migration. Most recently they’ve been advocating against Marcos Jr’s proposed Charter Change, which only seeks to put more power into foreign imperialism’s greedy hands and would result in the closure of Filipino businesses and factories, suppression of workers’ rights and wages, joblessness, hunger, extreme poverty, and ultimately forced migration.

Canada-Philippines Solidarity Organisation stands in salute of Migrante International on its founding anniversary. We echo their calls in saying no to Cha Cha! No to the Labour Export Program! No to foreign monopoly control and plunder! Fight for decent jobs in the Philippines!

#NoToChaCha #MigranteInternational #InternationalMigrantsAlliance #MigranteCanada #MigranteOntario#MigrantRights #OFW #LongLiveInternationalSolidarity

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