During the course of my research and filming; we met a lot of workers stuck
in labour camps and prisons. They all complained of a lack of communication
from the Embassy. This is something I heard again and again when I visit the
Undoubtedly Indian Embassy is one of the busiest Embassies; with a large number
of migrant workers and NRIs to service, I am sure isn’t an easy job.http://youtu.be/YRjnsrxyxtw
But we need to find ways to ensure that an Indian in trouble can reach the Embassy!
Can we, as Indians, afford a simple recording service to log the calls of an
Indian trapped in jail? Or in a labor camp?http://youtu.be/hkf7j4DseR0
I will humbly submit a petition to the newly formed Indian government, to make
their international missions transparent for their vulnerable overseas citizens-
especially migrant workers.
If you too feel that it is important to safeguard the interest of overseas Indians
please join me in signing this petition, as your voice will strengthen mine…
so together we seek governance on creating an important support system We are
also looking at speaking with local and international Telcos/Media Companies
to assist us in creating this hotline.
We also invite our overseas and local communities to participate. If any of
you know of anyone who needs assistance or is in a dire state; please just make
a phone recording and send it out to us
We promise to try and pass this information along to the Embassy.
3. Besides inaccessibility, we were told that there is a lack of involvement
from the Indian Embassy, with no responsibility nor accountability even towards
missing migrant workers or their families.
Can our missions overseas not dedicate at least one small section for missing
workers on their website?
Can they not put out a ‘Missing Persons’ board on their premises?http://youtu.be/_wmOZEyhB6o
4. Workers often get lost in these camps or are arrested and their families
are in anguish. Lack of information is a tangible edge of suffering felt both
by Migrant Workers and their Families.
We are seeking the advisory of Sharjah Police to commence building a pilot project
for missing individuals.
Does anyone have ideas for how we can build a community site for Missing Persons
Report? Please do share it with us at Info@awaam.com
5. Most legal papers are signed in Arabic, including Employment Contracts in
UAE. Most Indian migrant workers don’t have access to such translator
services and this makes them vulnerable.
Can we not provide resources on our Embassy’s websites? Can we not provide
a subsidized translation service at our Embassy?