International Migrants' Tribunal on
Finds 37 States Guilty of Modern-day Slavery
Malcolm Hall, UP Diliman campus
November 28-29, 2012
MESSAGE TO THE
INTERNATIONAL MIGRANTS' TRIBUNAL
Prof. Osamu Niikura, Chair (Japan)
Bishop Soritua Nababan (Indonesia)
Ana Lorena Delgadillo (Mexico)
Monique Wilson (Philippines)
Migrants and migrant advocates from all over the world;
Magandang umaga. Good morning.
I have been requested by the organizers of this
historic International Migrants’ Tribunal to welcome you to the University
of the Philippines. This University was established by the American
colonizers in 1908 as a training ground for Filipino professionals,
technocrats and bureaucrats in the service of the colonial agenda and in
the maintenance of a semi-feudal system. This role remains even after
independence in form but not in substance was declared in 1946. It is
still the University’s role up to now.
However, through the painstaking struggles of
generations of UP students, faculty and staff, this University has served,
at various times and various means, as a critical conscience of the
nation, as a militant center for resisting tyranny and dictatorship and
for advocating democratic reforms in Philippine society as well as in
declaring international solidarity with oppressed peoples and nations.
The university community participated in the ouster of
the Marcos dictatorship in 1986 and in the ouster of another corrupt
President in 2001. Students, faculty and staff have supported the masses
of workers and peasants in their just struggle for jobs, land and rights
and the University community has learned much from the Filipino working
class’ persistence and militancy. We have marched against the US wars of
aggression against Vietnam in the past and more recently against the US
so- called war on terror. We have sided with the Palestinian people
against the occupation of their territory by Israel. And this university
community, the university within the university, has always critiqued and
resisted imperialist globalization and its manifold attacks on people’s
lives, land, jobs, social services and humanity.
Thus the University of the Philippines, as the site of
this first ever International Migrants’ Tribunal which puts on trial the
Global Forum on Migration and Development and its neoliberal globalization
design on migration, is a continuation of the university community’s
militant tradition of serving as a social critique, of expanding the space
for people’s democratic rights and of building solidarity with oppressed
peoples and sectors and supporting their resistances.
As a Professor of Women and Development Studies in this
University, I am particularly happy that the university and myself are
part of this expose of the oppressive policies and programs of the Global
Forum on Migration and Development as we all know that women comprise the
majority of land-based migrant workers globally. Migrant women suffer
extreme violence and abuse because of their gender and their vulnerable
location in the international division of labor. I am confident that this
Tribunal as a two-day political event will not only unfold the
accountability of governments of both sending and receiving countries in
the exploitation, deprivation and abuse of migrant workers, women and men
alike, but also draw out the courageous resistances of our migrant sisters
Again welcome, a very warm welcome to the University of
the Philippines. I wish this Tribunal great success which shall translate
into the further empowerment of our migrant workers and their
organizations and the building of a stronger international solidarity
against neoliberal globalization.
Maraming salamat. Thank you.
Judy M. Taguiwalo, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Women and Development Studies ►
Message of Prof. Jose Maria Sison on video
|Expert Witnesses ▼|
|Dr. Irene Fernandez (Malaysia, via Skype)|
|Antonio Tujan (Philippines)||Jose Jacques Medina (Mexico)|
Int’l migrants’ court finds 37 States guilty of modern-day slavery
|Eri Lestani (Indoneisa)|
|Rex Osa Aghedo (Germany)|
|Luz Miriam Jaramillo (Italy)|
|Viviana Medina Velasguez (Mexico)|
|Gerry Gacud (Seafarers, Philippines)||Garry Martinez (Philippines)|
Organized by the International Migrants Alliance, International League of
Peoples Struggle, International Women’s Alliance and the Asia Pacific
Mission for Migrants, the Tribunal was held to try the Global Forum on
Migration and Development thru its Steering Committee composed of 37
states for charges of using migration to advance neoliberal globalization
policies and the violation by sending and receiving states of the
economic, social, cultural and political rights of migrants.
“This is an international opinion tribunal that aims to air out the
sentiments of grassroots migrants on the current trend of the so-called
maximization of migration for national development instead of solving the
roots causes of the forced migration of hundreds of millions of people. It
also aims to highlight the worsening violations of the rights of migrants
to once and for all end the pretension of States in the GFMD that they are
concerned with migrants’ rights,” said Ramon Bultron of the IMA.
A panel of judges heard testimonies given by experts on migration and
migrant workers from various countries who have suffered from migrants’
rights violations. The panel was composed of Osamu Niikura from Japan of
the International Association of Democratic Lawyers, Bp. Soritua Nababan
from Indonesia of the World Council of Churches, Filipina theater actress
and women’s rights activists Monique Wilson, Mexican human rights lawyer
Ana Lorena Delgadillo Perez, and UP College of Mass Communications Dean
The witnesses gave testimonies on themes such as migration for
development, condition of migrants, human rights violations of migrants
from Latin America, on the labor export program and the violations of
rights of undocumented migrants, refugees, temporary migrants especially
women migrants, and seafarers.
On November 29, the Tribunal judges will announce its verdict on the charges filed. ###
Atty. Edre Olalia, International
Association of People's Lawyers (IAPL)
|Atty. Neri Colmenares, National Union of People's Lawyers (NUPL)||Atty. Jill Santos of NUPL, Clerk of Court|
|Liza Largoza-Maza, International Women's Alliance (IWA)||Aaron Ceradoy, Migrante, Program Manager|
Profiles of the judges for the Migrants’ Tribunal on the GFMD
1. Bishop Soritua Nababan
Rev. Dr Soritua Nababan of the Protestant Christian Batak Church (HKBP) served as ephorus (bishop) in his church, which is the largest Protestant church in Indonesia, from 1987 to 1998. His international ecumenical involvement has included service as a member, and then vice-moderator, of the WCC Central Committee, from 1983 to 1998; as president of the Christian Conference of Asia from 1990 to 1995 (and youth secretary from 1963 to 1967); as vice-president of the Lutheran World Federation from 1984 to 1991 (and earlier, from 1970 to 1977); and as vice-chairman and then moderator of the WCC Commission on World Mission and Evangelism from 1968-1985. He was general chairman of the Communion of Churches in Indonesia from 1984 to 1987 (and its general secretary from 1967 to 1984). He is currently the chairperson for Asia of the World Council of Churches.
2. Monique Wilson
By the time she was 17 and entering university, she had appeared in over sixty professional productions. She enrolled as a Theatre Major at the University of the Philippines, but fate soon intervened in 1988 when Cameron Mackintosh came to Manila to audition for the musical Miss Saigon. She played the role of Kim in the said production for three years in the West End, and after, has done movies and stage productions, recorded albums and appeared in many television shows. While a world-renowned artists, Monique is also an activist and feminist. She is a member of Gabriela Women’s Party, a partylist aiming to represent many marginalized Filipino women in Philippine Congress. Currently, she is spearheading in the Philippines One Billion Rising, a campaign to have one billion people sign up against violence against women by February 14, 2013.
3. Dr. Roland Tolentino
He is a teacher, writer and activist.Dr. Roland Tolentino is currently the dean of the College of Mass Communications of the University of the Philippines Diliman Campus. Having studied abroad, he experienced life as a migrant and has worked with fellow migrants, workers and their families, on several occasions. He is a member of CONTEND UP, or Congress of Teachers/Educators for Nationalism and Democracy, University of the Philippines.
4. Ana Lorena Delgadillo
Ms. Ana Lorena Delgadillo Pérez, holds a law degree from the Escuela Libre de Derecho, and her thesis was titled "The Mexican State's International Responsibility for Human Rights Violations." She has worked in organizations such as human rights NGOs as Miguel Agustin Pro Juarez and the National Association of Democratic Lawyers (ANAD), and for the Commission for the Prevention and Eradication of Violence Against Women in Ciudad Juarez. She is currently in charge of office and Attorney for Victims of Crime and Community Services of the Attorney General of the Federal District of Mexico. She also participated in the People’s Caravan in July 2011 to the Inter American Human Rights Commission to file a request on behalf of "The Foundation for Justice and Democratic State of Law" and human rights organizations in Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, calling for the implementation of precautionary measures at this body, to meet the families of the 72 migrants killed in San Fernando, Tamaulipas. (72 migrants were found in April 2011 in mass hidden graves in this town, where migrants from Central America transit through to Mexico.)
5. Osamu Niikura
the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and