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Flawed policies expose migrants to abuse: HRW

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, December 13 2010   /  11:09 am

Many governments’ immigration policies and protection gaps expose migrants to abuse, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report Sunday in advance of International Migrants Day, which falls on Dec. 18.

The abuses include labor exploitation, violence, trafficking, mistreatment in detention and killings, yet the nations involved offer limited recourse to seek justice, HRW said.

HRW’s 48-page roundup reporting on violations of migrants’ rights in 2010 includes coverage of Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the US.

“Migrants are consistently among those at highest risk of abuse, but also among those least likely to have access to services or justice,” HRW senior women’s rights researcher Nisha Varia said.

“Many governments make things worse with policies that aggravate discrimination or make it hard for migrants to even approach authorities for ...