|CARAM Asia Elects New Board of Directors|
KUALA LUMPUR, November 2nd 2009: CARAM Asia is very proud to announce its seven new Board of Directors, who were elected by the participating members of this years General Assembly into the role of leadership.
1. Nabeel Rajab (Chairperson, Bahrain Human Rights Centre)
2. Bridget Lew (Treasurer, H.O.M.E.)
3. Brahm Press (Raks Thai Foundation)
4. Irene Fernandez (Tenaganita, Malaysia)
5. Zia Awan (Lawyers for Human Rights and Legal Aid)
6. Manju Gurung (Pourakhi)
7. Carmelita Nuqui (Development Action Women’s Network)
This new team will continue to take off where the last board finished, and will seek to push CARAM Asia further to campaign for the rights and well being of migrant workers.
The Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization that was established back in 2002. Despite an order by the authorities in November 2004 to close it, the BCHR is still functioning after gaining a wide internal and external support for its struggle to promote human rights in Bahrain. At its core, the group seeks to encourage and support individuals and groups to be proactive in the protection of their own and others' rights; and to struggle to promote democracy and human rights in accordance with international norms.
Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economic (H.O.M.E): Since 2004, HOME has sought to provide direct assistance to migrant workers, victims of human trafficking and forced labour within Singapore. As part of its vision, HOME is committed to the principle that migration of people benefits the global society with a focus of the effects of migration within the context of Singapore.
Tenaganita: This organization was established in 1991 by Irene Fernandez to undertake research, advocacy and action to prevent, solve and address grave abuses that happen to migrants and refugees. At its core, the organization campaigns for the recognition of mmigrant rights and in doing so, Tenaganita continues to promote a culture where human rights are embraced, valued and protected.
Pourakhi: This NGO works to ensure the rights of Nepalese women migrant workers in the entire phase of foreign employment through the processes of information, counseling, advocacy and empowerment. Furthermore it seeks to act as a pressure group for the implementation of existing domestic laws and the ratification and implementation of international instruments concerned with the protection and promotion of the rights of women migrant workers.
Lawyers for Human Rights and Legal Aid (LHRLA) was formed to meet the ever-growing demands of those who cannot afford the expenses of litigation. Since its inception, the LHRLA has sought to provide direct legal aid in Pakistan by approaching law enforcement agencies, the D.I.G. police, the Home Secretary, the provincial governor and other highly placed officials with reports, petitions and statistics.
Development Action for Women Network (DAWN): is a non-government development organisation created in 1996 to assist Filipino women migrants in Japan and their Japanese-Filipino children (JFC) in the promotion and protection of their human rights and welfare. Through its work, DAWN hopes to create a society where women and men share equal opportunities for a just and humane living, creating empowered and self-reliant families in communities where each one cares for one another in the spirit of peace based on justice; and where migration is an option that is respected and protected.
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