The Indictment

The Indictment accused the GFMD as represented by the heads of states and various agencies of the following charges:

  1. Violation of the Complainants’ human rights. At the pretext of protecting Complainants’ human rights, the Defendants prescribe migration policies in furtherance of their neoliberal agenda of commodification of labor and modern-day slavery.
  2. Criminal neglect of Complainants’ economic rights and violation of their political, economic, social and cultural rights by the Sending States.
  3. Violation of the Complainants’ political, economic, social and cultural rights by the Receiving States.

Other excerpts from the Indictment:

“Since its first meeting in Brussels in 2007, Defendant GFMD’s agenda, through and represented by the heads of governments and relevant agencies of the States forming its Steering Committee, and all other similar formations or other entities acting for or on its behalf, name and stead, has been to intensify the commodification of migrant workers by enforcing neo-liberal globalization policies even further through various schemes. The flexibilization of labor in a global scale is one of the major components of the neoliberal policy.

While it professes to pursue migration to lead to genuine development, it has become obvious that Defendant GFMD aims only to “manage migration” and not to solve the roots of forced migration. In its second meeting in Manila, it talked about the rights of migrants but only insofar as these do not deter in the alignment of migration to national development policies dictated by neoliberal globalization…

Several years after its inception, Defendant GFMD, through and represented by the heads of governments and relevant agencies of the States forming its Steering Committee, and all other similar formations or other entities acting for or on its behalf, name and stead, continues to disseminate the notion that migration leads to development. It has been pushing harder for the alignment of migration policies to complement neo-liberal policies. Simply put, the intent is to regulate the flow of cheap labor, keeping in mind the economic benefits from migrant labor…

Many destination countries have established more stringent labor and immigration laws and enforcing tighter border controls. Immigration agencies have conducted more raids which have become harsher. There is also an increasing trend in criminalizing migrants without appropriate papers. Under these laws, migrant workers are treated as criminals…Defendants  are complicit in the crimes of commodification, criminalization of the undocumented and death on the borders,  modern-day slavery, as well as criminal neglect and abuse of the rights and welfare of migrants.”

To read the full Indictment served on the member countries of the GFMD please click below:

The Indictment

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