The International Migrant Tribunal on the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) put on trial the GFMD for its neoliberal design on migration that posits that sustained and orderly migration leads development. This event particularly highlighted the resistance of grassroots migrants against such machinations.
The tribunal heard testimonies from witnesses from migrant grassroots organizations that actively oppose the GFMD. These organizations coordinated and planned the International Assembly of Migrants and Refugees (IAMR) in Manila (2008), Athens (2009), and Mexico City (2010). Judges heard testimony from three expert witnesses and six issue based witnesses.
The organizers prepared an indictment and served the indictment to the accused. The accused was the various national governments who have played key roles in the GFMD, in particular members of the Steering Committee.
The Steering Committee includes Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Ecuador, Egypt, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Kenya, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Philippines, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Senegal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and the United States of America.