Buying a one way ticket into slavery, their dreams turn into nightmares when
they are stuck in countries without jobs, with no Embassy nor Labour Unions
to support them to get out of their enslavement, they are Camps. This is the
same migrant labor force that remits approx US $ 20 Billion annually, filling
India’s coffers, yet every Non Resident Indian loses their right to
vote and voice once they go overseas. How can a nation be successful when
it cannot take care of their migrant workers? Why does the Indian Embassy
shirk from providing basic human right protection to their overseas Indians?
Isn’t this the most important duty in any Embassy’s remit? Ending
up working illegally, either as drivers, daily wage labourers, masons, bricklayers,
they often fall into crime traps. And the Embassy still looks away…..
In January 2009, allegedly a territorial dispute broke out between two groups of illegal migrant workers who sold alcohol in the camps, resulting in the death of one (Misri Khan) and seriously injuring three more Pakistanis. The police rounded up 50 Sikh workers, releasing most, except the 17 accused of murder. After 18 hearings in the lower courts of Sharjah, a year plus behind bars, on March 29 2010 they were condemned to death. This raised the ante Human Rights Lawyers, local press and Sikh/Punjabi Community in UAE, a nation where Indian Expatriates account for approximately 40 percent of the nation’s population vs. 20 percent Emirati population.
Note: What are the Embassies Doing?
‘1700 Indian Migrant
Workers Still languish behind bars…Thousands more in Labor Camps-
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