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UPDATE: Delegates to the 3rd International Assembly of Migrants and Refugees have returned to the U.S. and have ongoing availability for press interviews. Interviews with delegates from other countries in Asia, Europe or Latin America can be coordinated upon request. Information on report backs forthcoming.

For Immediate Release
Contact: Katie Joaquin, IAMR3 Media/Publicity Committee
kjoaquin@gmail.com

Migrants from around the world blocked from approaching the site of GFMD

[PUERTO VALLARTA] On 10 November 2010, over 500 demonstrators from the The Peoples’ Caravan Against the Global Forum on Migration Development (GFMD) were met by police, clad with riot gear. The rally against the GFMD consisted of international delegates of the Third International Assembly of Migrants and Refugees (IAMR3), the Madres de los desaparecidos [mothers of the disappeared] from Honduras, the ex-braceros representing 24 states of Mexico, the indigenous peoples of Michoacan, and students from Tamaulipas, the site of the massacare of 72 migrant workers earlier this year. The Caravan spent the last two days traveling from Mexico City and Guadalajara to accurately voice the concerns of migrant workers across the globe.

Fr. Luis Angel Nieto of Comite Promotor de Mexico said, “No pueden hacer un foro de migrantes, sin migrantes. Somos de todas partes de Mexico, unidos con migrantes del mundo. Nos representamos la voz actual de migrantes y decimos no al FMMD.” [They cannot have a forum on migrants without migrants. We have come from all parts of Mexico, joined by migrants from around the world. We represent the true voice of migrants and we say no to GFMD.] Many of the demonstrators belonged to international movements that address labor issues and the lack of protections for migrants from developing nations.

The Puerto Vallarta police blocked off major roads to contain the protest shortly after the march was initiated. “Every year we protest the GFMD and ever year this is what the states do,” said chairperson of the International Migrants Alliance, Eni Lestari, at the police blockade. “While they discuss how to exploit us, they silence us and they shut us out. We say to them: as long as the GFMD exists we will come back year after year to continue our fight for migrant rights.”

Julia Camagong of Philippine Forum (New York, USA) said, “The GFMD is illegitimate. It does not protect the rights and welfare of the migrants and refugees. It does not speak for migrants and only reflects the interests of the corporations and neoliberal policies that further exploit and oppress the migrants of the world. It should therefore be dismantled.”

For the last four years, the GFMD has used the guise of “development” to usurp the actual needs of migrants in favor of transnational trade agreements. Much of the structural improvements put forth by the GFMD focus on remittance models, instead of creating sustainable employment opportunities within the given host nations.

Camagong said, “It is the IAMR3 that is the true voice of the migrants workers. We saw this clearly in the eyes of the international delegates who attended the assembly in Mexico City; the ex-braceros in Guadalajara; the families from the provinces of Michoacan, Oaxaca, and Zacatecas; the Honduran mothers of the disappeared; and the students from Tamaulipas, all of whom united in the streets of Puerto Vallarto to oppose the GFMD.”

This mobilization was the conclusion of the Third International Assembly of Migrants and Refugees (IAMR3), which took place from November 6 – 10. The assembly and caravan operated with no budget, but was made possible by the broad grassroots support of migrant organizations throughout Mexico and all over the world.

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Update to Press Release:  The caravan of migrants, braceros, mothers of the disappeared in Honduras, youth, workers and families of the 72 massacred in Mexico that make up the People’s Caravan against the GFMD has arrived in Puerto Vallarta and will mobilize to the site of the Global Forum on Migration and Development to present the demands of the 3rd International Assembly of Migrants & Refugees. For live interview via phone, please call (044) 559-104-7318

Photos available on request

For Immediate Release
November 10, 2010
Contact: Katie Joaquin, IAMR3 Media/Publicity Committee
kjoaquin@gmail.com
(044) 559-104-7318

International jurors commit support until victory for ex-Braceros

GUADALAJARA – “Ni un pas atras! Ni un pas atras!” [Not one step back!] An auditorium of over 1,000 people from Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America and North America chanted as ex-braceros and their widows stood to their feet at the International Tribunal of Conscience for the case of the braceros.

The Peoples’ Caravan Against the Global Forum on Migration Development (GFMD) of international participants in the 3rd International Assembly of Migrants and Refugees (IAMR3) and the madres de los desaparecidos [mothers of the disappeared] joined with the ex-bracerosearly Tuesday morning for a vibrant march from the Plaza de Armas de Guadalajara to the site of the Tribunal to demand justice for migrants around the world.

After hearing the cases of the ex-braceros, Edre Olalia, Philippine attorney with the International Association of People’s Lawyers and the International Association of Democratic Lawyers, stated the unanimous conclusion of the Tribunal: “The U.S. and Mexican governments are guilty of crimes against humanity and violations of international law with respect to the cases of the ex-braceros. The U.S. and Mexican governments are liable for all the hardships, suffering & pain of ex-braceros and relatives who are until now seeking justice.”

60 years from the period of 1942 – 1964 that the Mexican braceros labored in U.S. fields, they have yet to receive the millions of dollars in wages owed to them. The “Bracero” agreement signed in 1942 by Mexican President Camacho and U.S. President Roosevelt was a temporary worker program that exported Mexican laborers to the U.S. and bound them to their abusive employer the U.S. Farm Security Administration under whom they were fumigated, made to live in cramped quarters, and served inadequate food rations. Throughout their period of grueling labor, the braceros lost 10% of their wages for a supposed “savings fund” of which none have been able to avail of.

Antonio Cheverria, former bracero from the Alianza de Ex-braceros del Norte 1942-1964 [Alliance of Ex-braceros from the North], shared his testimony, “Los salarios eran miserables.En las barracas dormiamos como animales con mucho calor y mucho frio, muchos braceros murieron de hambre.” [The salary was miserable. In our sleeping quarters, we slept like animals in extreme heat or cold and many braceros died from hunger.] A member of Cordinadora de Organizaciones de Ex-Braceros [COE], son of a bracero and attorney for the case of the ex-braceros shared photos of braceros, being fumigated with deadly pesticides, working in the fields and their confined sleeping quarters. As he spoke of working conditions, other bracerosin attendance shouted out to add their own memories of the abuse.

The tribunal of 15 jurors represented Mexico, the state of Chiapas, Honduras, the United States, Canada, the Philippines, Netherlands, Malaysia and Hong Kong. The tribunal proposed to make the issue of ex-braceros a primary focus of the 4th International Assembly of Migrants and Refugees in 2011. They also committed to bring the case of the ex-braceros before bodies of the UN, provide support to Mexican lawyers in pursuing the case, and mobilize internationally in front of U.S. and Mexican consulates whenever the case of the ex-braceros is being heard.

Ross from the Caravan of Mothers of the Disappeared of Honduras said:

“We see that all these forms of exploitation continue now today. The Mexican government continues to make agreements to export the labor force. It’s not only your struggle to demand rights for migrants, but it’s a struggle belonging to all of us.”

Activities throughout the assembly leading up to the caravan to the tribunal highlighted the role of governments in forcing migration through temporary worker programs such as the U.S.-MexicoBracero program and policies such as the Labor Export Policy in the Philippines.

The Peoples’ Caravan against the GFMD will continue onward to Puerto Vallarta early November 10 for an action at the site of the GFMD. The participants of the 3rd International Assembly of Migrants and Refugees (IAMR3), together with the ex-braceros, Madres de los desaparecidos, and indigenous peoples of Michoacan will arrive in time for the opening of the GFMD to present the demands of the International Tribunal of Conscience and the IAMR3 in a strong showing of international solidarity that fuels the fire of a growing movement for migrant and refugee rights around the world.

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CONTACT:  Katie Joaquin, kjoaquin@gmail.com, IAMR3 Media/Publicity Committee
(044) 559-104-7318

Migrants of the World Gather to Denounce Mexico’s Mistreatment of Migrant Workers

MEXICO CITY – In response to the murder of 72 migrants that took place in San Fernando Ranch, as many as one hundred local and international protesters gathered in front of Department of International Relations (Secretaria de Relaciones Externas, SRE) to demand the Mexican state’s accountability to its people by creating policies of protection, defending the rights of migrants, and rejecting the legitimacy of the of the fourth Global Forum on Migration Development (GFMD.)

“Nosotros los migrants hemos venido hablar por nosotros mismos y no queremos que los intellectuales hablan por nosotros.”  [We migrants have come to speak for ourselves; we don’t want intellectuals to speak for us], said Jose Gonzalez of International Migrants Alliance and Frente Indigena Organizaciones Binacionales.  (Los Angeles, CA).  With the Juarez Monument in Alameda Park serving as its backdrop, the migrant populations excluded by the GFMD displayed the calls “No to GFMD” and “Defend and Advance the Rights of Migrants”. “Sin direchos, sin proteccion, esta es el impacto de capitalismo – depende de la explotacion de los migrantes. Estamos en la lucha hasta lograr la victoria final!”  [Withot rights, without protection, this is the impact of capitalism – it depends on the exploitation of migrants.  We are in the struggle until we win the final victory!”said Lucho Grandados; Barrio Nuevo (Canada).  The Caravana de Madres Centroamericanas displayed photos of their missing family members, the desceparicidos, while the Honduran flag waved behind them.

The protest included participants from various nations and converged to demand justice, truth and reparation for the damages caused by the massacre of the 72 migrants.  Some of the groups represented were The Comité Promotor del Tribunal Internacional de Conciencia (TIC), International Migrants Alliance, Philippine Forum (New York, USA), Frente Indigena De Organizaciones Binacionales, Asia Pacific Mission for Immigrants, IBON International, IBON North America (Washington, USA), Migrante Canada, Migrante Europe, Miredes International (Mexico), National Alliance For Filipino Concerns (NAFCON-USA), IMA Canada, CISPES, Movimiento Migrante Meso-Americano, Coalición  de Mayo Uno, Caravana de Madres Centroamericanas, Familias Latinas Unidas Sin Fronteras, Barrio Nuevo de Canadá, and IBON Philippines.

“We’re calling on not only the Filipinos, not only the Mexicans, but all migrant workers all over the world to expose and fight the GFMD”, exclaimed Garry Martinez, Chairperson of MIGRANTE- International (Philippines).

This protest demanded the implementation of the guidelines outlined in Article 89 of the Mexican Constitution, which imposes obligations to act in accordance with the principles of self-determination for the people; no intervention; the pacific resolution of conflicts; the outlawing of the use of coercion or the use of force in international relations; the equality to judiciary process by the states; the international cooperation for development; and the struggle for peace and international security.  “No hay derechos para todos, por asi por que decir ya basta!”  [There are no rights for us all and for this reason we say no more! ] said Celina Benitez of CISPES (Los Angeles, CA).

This rally is one of several concluding events programmed under the TIC and the Third International Assembly for Migrants and Refugees, whose delegates are preparing for the departure of The Caravan for the Dignity of Migrants heading to Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta.
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The Comité Promotor del Tribunal Internacional de Conciencia (TIC) with headquatersin Mexico City, International Migrants Alliance, Philippine Forum (New York, USA),Frente Indigena De Organizaciones Binacionales, Asia Pacific Mission for Immigrants,IBON International, IBON North America (Washington, USA), Migrante Canada,Migrante Europe, Miredes International (Mexico), National Alliance For FilipinoConcerns (NAFCON-USA), IMA Canada, CISPES, Movimiento Migrante Meso-Americano, Coalición 1º de Mayo, Caravana de Madres Centroamericanas, FamiliasLatinas Unidas Sin Fronteras, Barrio Nuevo de Canadá, and IBON Philippines

Invites the national and international mass media to participate and propagate the actionsto defend the human rights of our migrant brothers and sisters.

To protest the death of 72 migrants that took place in San Fernando Ranch, the fourthannual Global Forum on Migration and Devlopment (GFMD), and for the departure ofThe Caravan for the Dignity of Migrants heading to Puerto Vallarta.

The objective of this protest is to demand justice, thruth and reparation forto thedamages caused by the massacre of 72 migrants., Wwe additionally demand that theMexican sState be accountable with policies of protection and defense of with the rightsof transmigrants and to reject the legitimacy of the of the fourth GFMD, which weconsider a space not representative of the migrants who are part of the TIC and the Third Assembly.

We demand the implementation, by the Mexican Government and the Department ofInternational Relations (Secretaria de Relaciones Externas, SRE), of the guidelinesoutlined in Article 89 of the Mexican Constitution, which imposes obligations to act in accordance with the principles of self-determination for the people; no intervention; thepacific resolution of conflicts; the outlawing of the use of coercion or the use of force international relations; the equality to judiciary process by the states; the internationalcooperation for development; and the struggle for peace and international security.
We also mobilize to promote the departure of the People’ s Caravan for Dignity forMigrants, which will depart at 11:30 p.m. from the Gran Hotel Texas (located at IgnacioMariscal # 129 Col. Tabacalera, Mexico City), their destination beingen route to PuertoVallarta. This Caravan will do make a stop in Guadalajara City on November 9th, tobe part of a session specific to TIC. On Wednesday November 10th we will present theconclusions from the 3rd International Assembly of Migrants and Refugees (IAMR 3) atthe opening for the Global Forum for Migration and Development (GFMD).

The protest will take place in front of the Department of International Relations(Secretaria de Relaciones Externas, SRE), in Mexico Ccity at 10 a.m. on Monday,November 8th, 2010.

For more information please contact:
tribunalmigrante@gmail.com, Tribunal Internacional de Conciencia, or
kjoaquin@gmail.com, IAMR3 Media/Publicity Committee

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For immediate release
November 7, 2010
Contact: Katie Joaquin, IAMR3 Media/Publicity Committee
kjoaquin@gmail.com
(044) 559-104-7318

Celebration of kultura and victorious cries of Madres de Honduras open the 3rd International Assembly of Migrant Rights

[MEXICO CITY] Migrants, refugees, families of the disappeared and massacred, workers, youth, and people of all ages from over 15 countries united last night in a celebration of culture and the advances of the movement for migrant and refugee rights.

Fernando “Ictus” Medina, one of the first performers, drew participants in with every strum of his guitar, inviting them to envision a world where borders no longer confine people to misery. The cultural night is key in grounding everyone before for the long week and the much longer fight ahead.

The madres of the desaparecidos de Honduras [Mothers of the Honduran disappeared] brought great news of a daughter who, after 20 years of searching for her mother, was finally reunited with her today. There were over 10,000 desaparecidos in Honduras in 2009 and even more this year. One madre said, “We are mothers who don’t give up. We keep fighting and searching.” Another chimed in, “It doesn’t stop because one family was reunited. It continues all the way to Puerto Vallarta to the GFMD. [Desaparecidos] are not just an issue for Honadurenos, they are an issue for all of us.”

Another performer, Sonido Meztizo, brought the crowd to their feet as she sang “yo soy paz” (I am peace). She emphasized the importance of unity from the global north to the global south present in this assembly. Cultural workers with the Philippine contingent held photos of 43 illegally imprisoned health workers in the Philippines, chanting kalayaan and demanding their freedom.. Another performer, Eric “ET” Tandoc, reminded participants of the roots of migration and the reasons they were torn from their homelands, rapping, “We would have never left if colonies were never there.”

Enrique Mejia, organizer of the cultural night said, “Kultura es importante para denunciar la situacion de los inmigrantes. Pero kultura no solo es para denunciar sino tambien para vivir.” [Celebrating culture is important to denounce the situation of immigrants. But culture allows us not only to denounce, but also to live.]

And live the participants did, as they shouted along with folklorico dancers, stood silent listening to the stories of the madres and moved their feet to the beats of the musicians, a welcome release amidst the struggles to come in the growing fight for migrant and refugee rights.

Eni Lestari, chair of the International Migrants Alliance, set the tone for the rest of the week’s activities, saying, “It costs over 3,000 pesos to travel here and the journey is tiring. But we are committed to fight our enemies, build solidarity, and start a movement of migrants across the world.”

The cultural night followed the close of the International Tribunal of Conscience, where migrants and refugees from throughout Latin America presented the situation of migrants and refugees in their home countries.

Cases were presented on the 72 massacred migrants from Honduras and other countries of Central and Latin America; human trafficking in the Philippines and Columbia; the struggle of Mapuchis in Mexico; and detention centers in ‘Fortress Europe.’ The tribunal ended with statements from organizations of mothers looking for their disappeared loved ones, demanding accountability from the Mexican government for the harrowing experiences of each victim. The verdict will be presented at the IAMR3, starting today.

Lestari concluded her speech at the cultural opening of the assembly by saying, “We are ready to fight until we win our battle against our enemy, the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD). We will never give up our fight as long as the GFMD exists.”

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Posted: November 6, 2010 by IAMR-3 in Uncategorized

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(English Translation follows the Spanish)

DEFENDEMOS LOS DERECHOS DE LOS MIGRANTES Y REFUGIADOS Y EXIGIMOS LA LIBERACIN Y EL DESARROLLO DE SUS PASES

Discurso a la III Asamblea Internacional de los Migrantes y Refugiados (IAMR3), Mexico, 6 a 10 noviembre 2010

Por el profesor Jos Mara Sison
Presidente, Liga Internacional de las Luchas de los Pueblos (ILPS)

Queridos amigos,

Como presidente de la Liga Internacional de las Luchas de los Pueblos (ILPS), deseo transmitir a todos los participantes e invitados
distinguidos de la Tercera Asamblea Internacional de los Migrantes y Refugiados (IAMR) los ms clidos saludos de solidaridad de nuestra Liga. Este conjunto responde a las preocupaciones de algunos de nuestra Liga, como los relativos a la liberacin nacional y social, el desarrollo, derechos humanos y de los migrantes y los refugiados por supuesto.

Queremos felicitar y agradecer a todos los convocantes de la asamblea por su xito en la preparacin y organizacin de esta asamblea. Estamos muy contentos de que algunos miembros-organizaciones de nuestra Liga han ejercido sus mejores esfuerzos y han cooperado con otras organizaciones para realizar esta Asamblea. Los convocantes se enumeran en el material de informacin que ya se distribuyeron.

Estamos muy agradecidos a las organizaciones de acogida por haber trabajado tan duro para preparar y organizar no slo la Tercera IAMR, sino tambin eventos relacionados como el Tribunal Internacional de Conciencia, la mesa redonda sobre los movimientos sociales y la Caravana Popular a Guadalajara para un mini- IAMR y el tribunal para escuchar los casos de los braceros y an ms a Puerto Vallarta para enfrentar el Foro Global sobre Migracin y Desarrollo (FGMD). Nuestra Liga est orgullosa de ser el socio del Movimiento Migrante Mesoamrica en el patrocinio de la mesa redonda sobre los movimientos sociales.

Felicitamos a las organizaciones de acogida de esta Asamblea para el xito del Tribunal Internacional de Conciencia sobre violaciones de los derechos humanos. Estos crmenes han sido perpetrados por una combinacin de los burcratas corruptos, narcotraficantes y militares, e incluyen el secuestro, tortura y asesinato de los trabajadores migrantes de diversos pases de Amrica Latina. Est bien que el tribunal va a presentar el veredicto a la asamblea.

Aplaudimos y endosamos el tema de la asamblea: Defender los derechos de los migrantes y los refugiados contra las polticas anti-migrantes!  Desarrollo para el pueblo, no para los intereses empresarios! Crear puestos de trabajo, erradicar las causas de la pobreza! Nos oponemos a la militarizacin de las fronteras de la regin! No al NAFTA, el CAFTA y todos los acuerdos comerciales y las polticas contra el pueblo!

Estamos de acuerdo con los objetivos de la Tercera IAMR. Es de gran importancia que adems de denunciar y oponerse al FGMD como una herramienta de la poltica econmica neoliberal que se denuncie y repudie el TLC liderado por EEUU y la militarizacin de las fronteras en la regin; que se movilice a las masas seguidoras de las organizaciones de base, instituciones e individuos para resistir al FGMD, y buscar el apoyo de los gobiernos de mentalidad independiente, especialmente en la regin de Amrica Latina, en denunciar y oponerse el FGMD.

Ustedes deben crear una plataforma para una campaa mundial para desenmascarar y se oponerse an ms a las falsas pretensiones en favor de los migrantes por el FGMD; conseguir el ms amplio apoyo a la Tercera IAMR en los medios de comunicacin, de las fuerzas progresistas y personalidades respetadas; ampliar y fortalecer la Alianza Internacional de Migrantes (AIM), y desarrollar relaciones de solidaridad y cooperacin de la AIM con todas las entidades interesadas en Amrica Latina.

Estamos muy satisfechos que desde su creacin, el conjunto se ha enfrentado al Foro Global sobre Migracin y Desarrollo (FGMD) en la ms aguda de los trminos. Se ha desmentido las afirmaciones falsas del FGMD sobre la defensa de los migrantes y su engao sobre la “relacin mutuamente beneficiosa” entre la migracin y el desarrollo.

El FGMD es un mecanismo de propaganda controlado por los estados imperialistas y tteres. Esto hace que la migracin sea un tema de
palabrera peridica entre los representantes de esos estados, los intereses de las grandes empresas y el foro de instituciones acadmicas imperialistas y organizaciones no gubernamentales y excluye a los propios migrantes.

El hecho es pasado por alto que la migracin es la consecuencia de la explotacin y la opresin del pueblo por los monopolios extranjeros y las clases explotadoras locales. Los pases de origen son caractersticamente afectados por la pobreza y el subdesarrollo. Los estados de tanto los pases emisores y receptores no tienen inters en el desarrollo, pero en la mayor explotacin de mano de obra migrante barata.

El FGMD est promoviendo una gran mentira cuando se afirma que su propsito es identificar maneras prcticas y viables para fortalecer la relacin supuestamente de beneficio mutuo entre la migracin y el desarrollo. El FGMD no es ms que un instrumento para justificar la exportacin masiva de mano de obra barata a los pases imperialistas en la poltica de la globalizacin neoliberal.

La Primera IAMR en 2008 en las Filipinas demostr el diseo imperialista de la promocin de la migracin en la poltica econmica neoliberal y exigi que la voz de los propios migrantes deben ser escuchadas. La Segunda IAMR critic la Directiva de la Unin Europeo para el Retorno de amenazar con la detencin, el encarcelamiento y la deportacin con el doble propsito de seguir privando a los migrantes de sus derechos y ms abaratamiento de su trabajo bajo la bandera de la Fortaleza Europa.

Al celebrarse la Tercera IAMR en Mxico, la poltica instigada por los Estados Unidos de la globalizacin neoliberal se ha revelado estar en quiebra y el sistema capitalista mundial en profunda depresin. Las recetas para la liberalizacin, la privatizacin y la desregulacin en el marco del Consenso de Washington han quedado totalmente desacreditadas. Sin embargo, los gobernantes de los estados imperialistas y sus estados clientes-se aferran a ellos.

Esta depresin mundial persiste debido al funcionamiento bsico del sistema capitalista y los abusos del capital financiero en virtud de la poltica neoliberal. La burbuja de la deuda pblica ha surgido porque los fondos pblicos y los recortes de impuestos han sido utilizados para rescatar a los grandes bancos y las grandes empresas, mejorar sus balances y de vez en cuando revivir los mercados financieros, pero definitivamente no para estimular la produccin y generar empleo.

La crisis financiera y econmica mundial est generando el desorden social y poltico. Despus de haber juntado la poltica econmica
neoliberal en la poltica de guerra global contra el terrorismo, los EE.UU. y otras potencias imperialistas, utilizan el miedo contra el
terrorismo y otras corrientes reaccionarias para justificar el aumento de la produccin y gastos militares, terrorismo del Estado, el despliegue global de fuerzas militares de EE.UU., las intervenciones militares y las guerras de agresin como las de Irak y Afganistn. Los imperialistas estn manipulando sistemticamente el chovinismo, el racismo, los conflictos tnicos y el fanatismo religioso y otras corrientes reaccionarias.

Bajo las actuales condiciones econmicas y polticas en el sistema mundial capitalista, la miseria socio-econmica y la agitacin poltica
en muchos pases subdesarrollados llevan a mucha gente a convertirse en migrantes y refugiados. Y, sin embargo en los pases imperialistas, el empleo ha disminuido debido a la crisis econmica y los migrantes y los refugiados estn siendo usados como chivos expiatorios como causa de la crisis y el desempleo.

La burguesa monopolista y sus peores agentes polticos sistemticamente generan hostilidad hacia los migrantes y refugiados con el fin de encubrir la verdadera causa de la crisis y combatir el crecimiento de las fuerzas progresistas, anti-imperialistas y democrticas. Por el momento, no existe un debate intenso en los medios de comunicacin, las elecciones y la poltica en general entre las fuerzas de la derecha y la izquierda sobre la cuestin de los migrantes y refugiados en los pases imperialistas.

Siguiendo el ejemplo de su amo imperialista, el Foro Global sobre Migracin y Desarrollo contina creando una imagen brillante del mundo bajo la poltica de la globalizacin neoliberal. El tema central de la Cuarta FGMD en Mxico es “Alianzas para la Migracin y Desarrollo: Prosperidad Compartida – Responsabilidad Compartida. ” Qu prosperidad? El FGMD contina promoviendo la mentira de que promueve una asociacin multilateral de los explotadores y los migrantes explotados como una herramienta clave para gestionar la migracin y la bsqueda del desarrollo y la reduccin de la pobreza y la desigualdad a travs de la migracin.

El FGMD tergiversa el hecho de que la depresin global golpea tanto a los pases imperialistas como a los dominados. Se hace eco de la lnea del Banco Mundial de que las remesas de los migrantes seguirn siendo ms resistente que los flujos de inversin privada y se convertir en una fuente an ms importante de financiamiento externo en muchos pases subdesarrollados. El objetivo es, pues, facilitar la migracin y las remesas. Nada se dice sobre hacer frente a los efectos negativos y las consecuencias del empeoramiento de la crisis econmica mundial a los migrantes.

La IAMR representa los derechos e intereses de los migrantes, ya que se opone a la lnea del FGMD. Al igual que en su primera y segunda asambleas, la Tercera Asamblea de la IAMR correctamente asalta las mentiras difundidas por el FGMD que la migracin promueve el desarrollo y que las remesas de los migrantes ayudan a que las economas subdesarrolladas se desarrollen. Se expone el hecho de que las remesas son presa de los fines de lucro de los monopolios bancarios y se utilizan simplemente para cubrir el dficit impulsado por el consumo del Estado y pagar por la carga de la creciente deuda.

Los vanos intentos del FGMD por tergiversar la situacin mundial y la situacin de los migrantes y engaar a los migrantes son en realidad una oportunidad para que el IAMR aclare la situacin y los problemas y lo que hay que hacer para mantener, defender y promover los derechos y los intereses de los migrantes y los refugiados. El uso imperialista del FGMD debera servir para obligar a que los migrantes y refugiados se unan y luchen contra la poltica de la globalizacin neoliberal y en contra de su victimizacin y violaciones de los derechos.

Esperamos que la Tercera IAMR discuta sistemticamente una amplia gama de temas y cuestiones que afectan a los migrantes y refugiados, como la crisis econmica y financiera mundial, los acuerdos de libre comercio, las polticas laborales de exportacin, las remesas, la llamada reforma migratoria, la baja compensacin y la falta de derechos bsicos, el trabajo domstico, la militarizacin de las fronteras, los trabajadores indocumentados, el trfico de migrantes (especialmente mujeres y nios), los prejuicios contra los refugiados polticos, contratos injustos para los trabajadores de la mar, la falta o insuficiencia de los servicios sanitarios y sociales, exacciones exorbitantes por los gobiernos, las agencias de contratacin y bandas criminales, los costos sociales de la migracin para las familias, la reunificacin familiar, la violacin y agresiones por parte de los empleadores, la desaparicin de los migrantes en trnsito, el trabajo forzoso en zonas de guerra, y as sucesivamente.

Es apropiado convocar la tercera asamblea de la IAMR en Mxico no slo porque es donde el FGMD se llevar a cabo. Hay varias razones muy importantes. Mxico es donde vemos el fracaso de las promesas grandilocuentes de desarrollo y de una mejor vida a travs del Tratado de Libre Comercio (TLC). Es la mayor fuente de mano de obra migrante para Amrica del Norte, con un 10 por ciento de su poblacin habiendo emigrado. Es un pas de trnsito para todos los migrantes procedentes de Amrica Central y del Sur.

Los EE.UU. ha subordinado a Mxico al Plan Mxico o Iniciativa Mrida, como el complemento militar para el TLC. Mxico es donde vemos una de las fronteras ms militarizadas del mundo, en particular con los EE.UU. Es un baluarte de la militarizacin liderada por Estados Unidos en Amrica Latina. Los EE.UU. est utilizando a Mxico para reafirmar y fortalecer su hegemona sobre toda la regin a travs de acuerdos comerciales regionales, subregionales, bilaterales y mediante el despliegue de bases militares de EE.UU., la promocin de la represin y provocacin de conflictos armados.

Los EE.UU. siempre han codiciado a Amrica Latina y el Caribe como una rica fuente de recursos naturales. Tambin es una fuente importante de mano de obra extranjera en el mundo. El volumen de sus migrantes ocupa el segundo lugar a los de Europa y Asia Central. Esto representa al menos el 15,5% de los 214 millones de migrantes y refugiados. Las polticas neoliberales, la militarizacin, los conflictos armados, y otros problemas en esta regin han causado altas tasas de desempleo, el desplazamiento y la pobreza y han obligado a muchas personas a emigrar en busca de trabajo.

El pueblo de Mxico y el resto de Amrica Latina resisten las imposiciones de los EE.UU. Un movimiento militante y anti-imperialista y
democrtico de masas est creciendo de manera constante en Mxico. Movimientos de masas patriticas y progresistas y gobiernos que reafirman la independencia nacional y la justicia social han surgido de manera impactante en Amrica Latina. Todos ellos se oponen activamente a las polticas neoliberales imperialistas de los EE.UU.

Estamos seguros de que las deliberaciones y resoluciones de la Tercera IAMR y la mesa redonda sobre los movimientos sociales en Asia y Amrica Latina y sobre sus xitos y retos lograrn un mayor nivel de entendimiento comn sobre los problemas y posibles soluciones relacionadas con los migrantes y refugiados. Anticipamos que un mayor nivel de determinacin se logre para la formacin o el fortalecimiento de las organizaciones y los mecanismos necesarios para la movilizacin de los migrantes y los refugiados y el resto del pueblo en las campaas sobre cuestiones urgentes y, a largo plazo, para avanzar en los movimientos de liberacin nacional, la democracia, la justicia social, el desarrollo, la paz y la solidaridad internacional.

Deseo aprovechar la oportunidad para invitar a las organizaciones que participan en la Tercera IAMR que an no se han unido a la Liga Internacional de las Luchas de los Pueblos para que se afilien como organizaciones miembros y enven delegaciones a la IV Asamblea Internacional que se convocar en Manila en julio de 2011. Esta ser una importante ocasin para ventilar ms y llevar adelante las resoluciones de la IAMR. Se le dar la oportunidad de centrarse una vez ms en la preocupacin por los migrantes y refugiados, relacionarla a las dems preocupaciones de la ILPS y desarrollar relaciones con las delegaciones de varios continentes.

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WE DEFEND THE RIGHTS OF MIGRANTS AND REFUGEES AND WE DEMAND THE LIBERATION AND DEVELOPMENT OF THEIR COUNTRIES

Address to the Third International Assembly of Migrants and Refugees (IAMR3)
Mexico, November 6-10, 2010

By Prof. Jose Maria Sison
Chairperson, International League of Peoples’ Struggles (ILPS)

Dear Friends,
As chairperson of the International League of Peoples’ Struggle, I wish to convey to all the participants and distinguished guests of the Third International Assembly of Migrants and Refugees (IAMR) the warmest greetings of solidarity from our League. This assembly responds to certain concerns of our League, such as those on national and social liberation, development, human rights and of course migrants and refugees.

We wish to congratulate and thank all the convenors of the assembly for their success in preparing and organizing this assembly. We are deeply pleased that some member-organizations of our League have exerted their best efforts and cooperated with other organizations to realize this assembly. The convenors are listed in the information material already distributed.

We are very thankful to the host organizations for having worked so hard to prepare and organize not only the Third IAMR but also such related events as the International Tribunal of Conscience, the round table on social movements and the People’s Caravan to Guadalajara for a mini-IAMR and tribunal to hear the cases of the braceros and further to Puerto Vallarta to confront the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD). Our League is proud of being the partner of the Movimiento Migrante Mesoamerica in sponsoring the roundtable on social movements.

We congratulate the host organizations of this assembly for the success of the International Tribunal of Conscience on human rights violations. These crimes have been perpetrated by a combination of corrupt bureaucrats, drug lords and military and involve the abduction, torture and murder of so many migrant workers from various countries in Latin America. It is fine that the tribunal is going to submit the verdict to the assembly.

We welcome and endorse the theme of the assembly: Defend the rights of migrants and refugees against anti-migrant policies! Development for the people, not for corporate interests! Create jobs,root out the causes of poverty! Oppose militarization of borders in the region! No to NAFTA, CAFTA and all anti-people trade agreements and policies!

We agree with the objectives of the Third IAMR. It is of high importance that you further expose and oppose GFMD as a tool of neoliberal economic policy; denounce and repudiate the US-led NAFTA and the militarization of borders in the region; mobilize the mass following of migrant and grassroots organizations, institutions and individuals in resisting GFMD; and seek the support of independent-minded governments, especially in the Latin American region, in exposing and opposing GFMD.

You must create a platform for a global campaign to further expose and oppose the pro-migrant pretensions of the GFMD; gather the broadest support for the Third IAMR from the media, progressive forces and respected personages; expand and strengthen the International Migrants Alliance (IMA); and develop solidarity relations and cooperation of the IMA with all interested entities in Latin America.

We are highly gratified that since its inception the assembly has confronted the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) in the sharpest of terms. It has debunked the GFMD’s false claims of advocacy for migrants and its deceptive assumption of the “mutually beneficial relationship” between migration and development.

The GFMD is a propaganda mechanism controlled by imperialist and puppet states. It makes migration a topic for periodic palaver among representatives of such states, big business interests and imperialist-lining academic institutions and nongovernmental
organizations and excludes the migrants themselves.

The fact is glossed over that migration is the consequence of exploitation and oppression of the people by foreign monopolies and local exploiting classes. The sending countries are characteristically afflicted with poverty and underdevelopment. The states of both the sending and receiving countries have no interest in development but in the further exploitation of cheap migrant labor.

The GFMD is dishing out a big lie when it claims that its purpose is to identify practical and feasible ways to strengthen the supposedly
mutually beneficial relationship between migration and development . GFMD is merely an instrument for justifying the massive export of cheap labor to the imperialist countries under the policy of neoliberal globalization.

The First IAMR in 2008 in the Philippines exposed the imperialist design of promoting migration under the neoliberal economic policy and demanded that the voice of the migrants themselves must be heard. The Second IAMR criticized the European Union Return Directive of threatening the arrest, detention and deportation for the dual purpose of further depriving the migrants of their rights and further cheapening their labor under the signboard of Fortress Europe.

As the Third IAMR is now being held in Mexico, the US-instigated policy of neoliberal globalization has become ever more bankrupt and the world capitalist system is in deeper depression. The prescriptions for liberalization, privatization and deregulation under the Washington Consensus have been totally discredited. Nonetheless, the rulers of the imperialist states and their client-states cling on to them.

This global depression persists due to the basic workings of the capitalist system and the abuses of finance capital under the neoliberal policy. The public debt bubble has arisen because public funds and tax cuts have been used to bail out the big banks and the big corporations, improve their balance sheets and now and then revive the financial markets but definitely not to stimulate production and generate employment.

The global financial and economic crisis is generating social and political disorder. Having coupled the neoliberal economic policy with the policy of global war on terror, the US and other imperialist powers use the terrorism scare and other reactionary currents to justify the rise of military production and expenditures, state terrorism, the global deployment of US military forces, US military intervention and wars of aggression like those in Iraq and Afghanistan. The imperialists are systematically manipulating chauvinism, racism, ethnic conflicts and religious bigotry and other reactionary currents.

Under the current economic and political conditions in the world capitalist system, the socio-economic misery and political turmoil in many underdeveloped countries drive many people to become migrants and refugees. And yet in the imperialist countries, employment has decreased due to the economic crisis and the migrants and refugees are being scapegoated as the cause of the crisis and unemployment.

The monopoly bourgeoisie and its worst political agents are systematically generating hostility towards migrants and refugees in
order to cover up the real cause of the crisis and combat the rise of the progressive, anti-imperialist and democratic forces. At the moment, there is an intense tug of war going on in the mass media, elections and politics in general between the forces of the Right and the Left concerning the issue of migrants and refugees in the imperialist countries.

Following the baton of its imperialist masters, the Global Forum on Migration and Development continues to draw a glossy picture of the world under the policy of neoliberal globalization. The central theme of the 4th GFMD in Mexico is “Partnerships for Migration and Development: Shared Prosperity – Shared Responsibility. “ What prosperity? The GFMD continues to peddle the lie that it promotes a multilateral partnership of the exploiters and the exploited migrants as a key tool for managing migration and pursuing development and reduction of poverty and inequality through migration.

The GFMD slurs over the fact that the global depression hits both the imperialist and dominated countries. It echoes the line of the World Bank that the remittances of migrants will remain more resilient than private investment flows and will become an even more important source of external financing in many underdeveloped countries. The drive therefore is to facilitate migration and remittances. Nothing is said about facing up to the negative impact and consequences of the worsening global economic crisis to the migrants.

The IAMR stands for the rights and interests of the migrants as it opposes the line of the GFMD. As in its First and Second assemblies, the Third assembly of the IAMR correctly assails the lies peddled by the GFMD that migration promotes development and that the remittances of migrants helps the underdeveloped economies to develop. It exposes the fact that the remittances are prey to the profit-making of bank monopolies and are merely used to cover consumption-driven deficits of the state and pay for the mounting debt burden.

The vain attempts of the GFMD to misrepresent the global situation and the status of the migrants and mislead the migrants are actually a prod for the IAMR to clarify the situation and issues and what is to be done in order to uphold, defend and promote the rights and interests of the migrants and refugees. The imperialist use of the GFMD should serve to push the migrants and refugees to unite and struggle against the policy of neoliberal globalization and against their victimization and violations of their rights.

We expect that the Third IAMR will systematically discuss a wide range of topics and issues affecting the migrants and refugees, such as the global economic and financial crisis, free trade agreements, labor export policies, remittances, so-called immigration reform, low compensation and lack of basic rights, domestic work, militarization of borders, undocumented workers, trafficking of migrants (especially women and children), biases against political refugees, unfair contracts for seafarers, lack or inadequacy of health and social services, extortionate exactions by governments, recruiting agencies and crime syndicates, social and family costs of migration, family reunification, rape and assaults by employers, disappearance of migrants in transit, forced employment in war zones, and so on.

It is appropriate to convoke the third assembly of the IAMR in Mexico not only because it is where the 4th GFMD is being held. There are several highly significant reasons. Mexico is where we see the failure of the grandiloquent promises of development and better life through the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). It is the largest source of migrant labor for North America, with 10 per cent of its population having emigrated. It is a transit country for all migrants coming from Central and South America.

The US has subordinated Mexico to the Plan Mexico or Merida Initiative, as the securiy complement for NAFTA. Mexico is where we see one of the world’s most militarized borders, in particular with the US. It is a bulwark of US-led militarization in Latin America. The US is using Mexico to reassert and strengthen its hegemony over the entire region through regional, subregional and bilateral trade agreements and through the deployment of US military bases, promoting repression and provoking armed conflicts.

The US has always coveted Latin America and the Caribbean as a rich source of natural resources. It is also a major source of foreign labor in the world. The volume of its migrants ranks second to those from Europe and Central Asia. It accounts for at least 15.5% of the 214 million migrants and refugees. The neoliberal policies, militarization, armed conflicts, and other problems in this region have caused high rates of unemployment, displacement and poverty and have forced many people to migrate in search of jobs.

The people of Mexico and the rest of Latin America resist the impositions of the US. A militant anti-imperialist and democratic mass movement is growing steadily in Mexico. Patriotic and progressive mass movements and governments assertive of national independence and social justice have appeared conspicuously in Latin America. All of them actively oppose the imperialist neoliberal policies of the US.

We are confident that the deliberations and resolutions of the Third IAMR and the round table discussion on social movements in Asia and Latin America and their successes and challenges would bring about a higher level of common understanding about the problems and possible solutions related to migrants and refugees. We anticipate that a higher level of determination is attained to form or strengthen the necessary organizations and mechanisms for mobilizing the migrants and refugees and the rest of the people in campaigns on urgent issues and, in the long term, to advance the movements for national liberation, democracy, social justice, development, peace and international solidarity.

May I take the opportunity to invite participating organizations in the Third IAMR that have not yet joined the International League of Peoples’ Struggle to become member-organizations and to send delegations to the Fourth International Assembly which shall be held in Manila in July 2011. This will be a significant occasion for ventilating further and carrying forward the resolutions of the IAMR. It will afford you the chance to focus once more on the concern for migrants and refugees, relate it to the other concerns of our League and develop relations with delegations from various continents.

Thank you.###