Social Movement Unionism and the Global Uprising Against Poverty Wages

Presentation and Discussion of Annelise Orleck’s pathbreaking book: ‘We Are All Fast-Food Workers Now’ (Beackon Press, 2018). Annelise Orleck is a US Labour historian who has spent two years tracing the new global movement against low pay, to understand it through the stories of workers in the fast-food and garment industries, in hotel, domestic and agricultural work. 

Also speaking:
Representative from IWGB University London Branch (cleaners and security staff)
Khadija Najlaoui, Waling Waling and union rep for United Migrant Workers Education Project
(UMWEP)

The meeting will also launch the new publication: ‘How the hostile environment creates sites without rights.’ Evidence presented to the London Hearing of the Permanent People’s Tribunal on the violations with impunity on the rights of migrants and refugees.

Friday November 22nd, 6.30pm.  UCL, Room 103,
Institute of the Americas, 51 Gordon Square,
London WC1H OPN
Only thirty tickets available. Register here via Eventbrite.

Hostile Environments and Struggles for Justice

9th of November a stakeholder conference will be held on Hostile Environments and Struggles for Justice to discuss common injustices faced by migrants and citizens in the UK., organised by co-convenors of the of the Permanent Peoples Tribunal session on the Human Rights of Migrants (London, 3-4 November 2018), Waling Waling and the research project ‘ETHOS – Toward an empirically informed theory of justice and fairness’. 

The conference will culminate in a common statement on ending Hostile Environments in and beyond migration policy. The conference will also present the book “How the hostile environment creates sites without rights”  , which presents the various evidence presented to the London Hearing of the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal on the violations with impunity on the rights of migrants and refugees.

Since Theresa May’s pledge in 2012 to create a ‘really hostile environment’ for migrants, the politics of exclusion and austerity has made the United Kingdom an increasingly hostile place to live for citizens as well. By bringing together migrant rights activists and other groups seeking to create a more just world, this event will highlight the connections between different struggles and promote more inclusive and effective political action. It will also consider how academic institutions such as Migration Mobilities Bristol can be mobilised to support these struggles.

Hostile Environments and Struggles for Justice
Sat, 9 November 2019 09:30 – 17:00
St Ethelburga’s Centre, 78 Bishopsgate
London EC2N 4AG  United Kingdom

PPT London https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/hostile-environments-and-struggles-for-justice-tickets-73432860663

Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal Hearing On the Human Rights of Migrant and Refugee Peoples EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, BRUSSELS April 9 2019

The Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal Hearing On the Human Rights of Migrant and Refugee Peoples

EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, BRUSSELS
on Tuesday 9thApril from 9.00-13.00.
Room ASP 1G2

For information in other languages  and registration please click below 

Information Spanish  and Information French

Register for the hearing and acces to the European Parliament

After eighteen months of work, analysis and evaluation on the violations with impunity of the human rights of migrant and refugee peoples, the 45thSession of the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal (TPP) will illustrate and presentits concluding Statement at the European Parliament, based on the deliberations and judgments previously adopted.

Between July 2017 and December 2018, in response to the demand of almost 500 migrant and refugee organizations, the TPP held five Hearings: Barcelona (July 2017), Palermo (December 2017), Paris (January 2018), Barcelona (July 2018) and London (November 2018). Each of the Hearings heard the testimonies of women, men and young people who have presented their experiences of systematic violations of their fundamental human rights arising from migration, development, asylum and border policies being implemented by the European Union. The PPT Hearings also heard the reports of several expert witnesses on the issues.

The PPT will nominate a panel of judges who will present the Statement addressed to the European Union authorities as well as advocating proposals to the candidates going forward in the European Parliament Election (May 2019). 

This Hearing is being hosted by the GUE/NGL Group and is open to the participation of all Groups in the EP. It is envisaged as an opportunity for a broad exchange between Parliamentarians, migrant and refugee networks, social movements and civil society organisations. It takes place in a context marked by the crimes at the borders of Europe and in the thousands of dead and disappeared throughout the Mediterranean and Aegean seas, and intensifying criminalisation of solidarity – but also in an engagement of transnational solidarity where alternatives are being forged by migrants, refugees and citizens.

Immediately following the EP Hearing, participants are invited to join in an Action at Station Schumanwhich will engage with the Public and the media – scheduled from 13.30-14.30.

For further information:
Contact English – Jille Belisario, email – migrantplatform@gmail.com
Contact Spanish – Jara Henar, email – jhenar@aporsolidaridad.org

See also additional information on the 45thSession and the PPT available at:

http://permanentpeoplestribunal.org/45-session-on-the-violation-of-human-rights-of-migrants-and-refugee-people-2017-2018/?lang=en

Declaration FMAS on Global Compact on Migration

FMAS Declaration on the Global Compact of Migration, week of Migration in Marrakech

Stop the war on migration. Yes to a global pact which protects human rights of migrants and their dignity.

The coming December 10 and 11th, Head of States and governments under the aegis of UN are invited to adopt in Marrakech the Global Compact for “Safe, Orderly and Regular migration”.

Lot of hope was placed in the United Nations´ capacities to set up international protection norms for migrant rights and on the consolidation of freedom to move. This Pact inspires diverse reactions in opposite directions. Lot of NGOs see in it a protective text while others are strongly opposing it and articulate a critical view, highlighting, not only its lack of ambition but as well the fact that it represents a regression on current acquired rights.

European States, dominated by nationalist, populist or xenophobic groups find in it an infringement of their sovereignty. A number of EU member States, hostile to welcoming refugees, like Hungary, Poland,Austria or the Czech Republic, already expressed their opposition to the text. Those governments are led by parties which are openly in war against migration, and which see in this pact the possibility of the hyper restrictive policies they carry, being questioned. Donald Trump, for the USA, is remaining with a strong position of rejection of any approach based on multilateralism and made clear for a long time the US rejection of the Pact.

Apart from the ILO conventions or the International Convention for the protection of migrant workers and their family members, non-ratified by most of the EU member States, a specific legal framework is clearly missing on migration. The adoption of the Global compact is supposed to fill this gap. However, the consensus which followed the negotiations is deeply in favor of setting up of non-binding system which reflects the interests of high income industrialized countries, and ignores the needs of migrants and less developed Southern countries.

Despite the fact that we are conscious and in favor of the need to create an international framework which guarantees and protects the rights of migrants, we do not believe that the COMPACT as it is, is a response up to the protection needs of migrants worldwide. The proposed text is in reality highly inspired by the interests and approaches of Europe and North America on migration.

Is the COMPACT a text which creates an international right to freedom to move? Will it protect migrants as effectively as the international convention on the protection of the rights of migrants workers and their family members?

  • Will it prevent the multiplication of graveyards of dead migrants in our borders?
  • Will it abolish finally migrants’ detention and detention centers?
  • Will it allow a reconsideration of policies and laws which criminalize migrants?
  • Will it prevent the looting of human and material resources from poor countries and the appeal of chosen migration?
  • Will it go beyond good intentions regarding development establishing measurable objectives and evaluation mechanisms for aid programs?
  • Will it prevent the logics of surveillance and control, specifically via the compilation and stocking of migrants´ biometric data in common and standardized databases?

To all those questions we answer NO.

At the end, the Global Compact, remains a non-binding agreement negotiated at intergovernmental level in a context of of conflicts and lack of solidarity between States mainly driven by security concerns. It does not challenge the rationale of the repressive immigration policies, who, far from reducing the number of arrivals of migrants, contribute to severe violations of human rights. Those policies have a high human cost and foster strategies to cross borders illegally, every day more dangerous and complex. They are paving the way for smuggling and other mafia-like networks and bring new insecurities in areas already highly weakened by conflict of multiple nature.

The Global Compact targets to establish for the first time an integrated framework for a global governance on international migration. The way it is formulated in its final version, this pact comes closer to the research of a minimum consensus between rich and poor states, which guarantees to the first ones freedom to keep on going with the militarization of their borders This text does not contribute, in the real world, in inscribing the inalienable right to freedom to move as stated in the article 13 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. On the contrary, it could even legitimize and justify some regressions in terms of rights of migrants instead of contributing to a governance respectful of the human rights of migrants.

In the way that it does not forbid it, it could even serve to justify policies of exclusion and criminalization of migrants and give substance to the wishes of Northern countries to reinforce chosen immigration, which empties Southern countries from their competencies and institutionalize disposable immigration. Together we call for resistance to the criminalisation of migrant and refugee peoples!

Let us mobilise and act to defend the human rights of all migrants and refugees and strengthen transnational activism and solidarity
In Marrakech the 8th of December 2018

The Steering Committee of the Maghreb Social Forum
For all contact and signature by organizations
FMAS: fmas@menara.ma

Agreement on an international pact of solidarity and unity of action for the full rights of all migrants and refugees

The People’s Summit for a Global Pact of Solidarity with Migrants and Refugees, women and men, celebrated in Marrakech December 8th and 9th of 2018, hosted by La Via Campesina and its member organizations of the Middle East and North Africa (MeNa) Process, specifically Morocco’s National Federation of the Agricultural Sector (FNSA), along with the Moroccan Human Rights Association (AMDH), The Maghreb Coordination of Human Rights Organisations (CMODH) and the Platform of Sub-Saharan Associations and Communities (P. ASCOMS), as well as AlarmPhone and many other movements and communities, announce our proposal to agree upon an International Pact of Solidarity and Unity of Action for the Full Rights of All Migrants and Refugees, women and men, based on the following considerations:

Please click the button below to read the full declaration in Eng, Arab, French

Marrakech, Sunday, December 9, 2018
Social movements and signatory organisations:

  • La Via Campesina
  • Association Marocaine des Droits humains
  • Coordination Maghrébine des Organisations des Droits Humains
  • Plate forme des Associations et Communautés Sub-sahariennes au Maroc
  • Alarm Phone Maroc
  • Alarm Phone Sahara
  • Conseil des Migrants Subsahariens au Maroc
  • Collectif des Femmes Migrantes au Maroc
  • Afrique Europe Interact
  • Communauté Congolaise au Maroc
  • Transnational Migrant Platform Europe
  • Transnational Institute
  • Association des Refoulés d’Afrique Centrale au Mali
  • Association pour la Défense des Emigrés Maliens
  • Association Lumière sur l’Emigration au Maroc

Pour signer la déclaration et les requêtes de presse :
Arabe :
Torkia Chaibi : omnidhal.torkia@gmail.com 0021693116634
Mohamed Hakach : hakechmo@yahoo.fr 00212691008705
English :
Carlos Merentes : cmarentess@gmail.com 001915873893
Français & Español :
Federico Pacheco : pachecofederico@yahoo.es 0034690651046
Cristina Brovia : cri.brovia@gmail.com 00393776840085