|Participants of the Civil Society Parallel Event on the 2nd Abu Dhabi Dialogue discuss the Conference Declaration|
at a hotel in Manila April 19, 2012. Photo courtesy of Migrant Forum in Asia.
“Bearing in mind the complexity and challenges related to migration, we believe [these] must be based on established human rights principles and people-centered development,” read the unified statement of the groups, which included Philippines-based Kanlungan Centre Foundation Inc. [Editor: The full list of the groups are in the latter part of this post.]
Began in 2008 and hosted by the government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the ADD is a consultation among labor ministers of destination and sending countries in Asia and the Middle East.
"The Ministerial Consultation, referred to as the 'Abu Dhabi Dialogue,' brought together for the first time the Colombo Process countries with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states, plus Yemen and two additional Asian countries of destination, namely Malaysia and Singapore,” a FAQ on the ADD said.
NGOs and trade unions actively advocating for greater recognition of rights and welfare of migrant workers held a meeting parallel to the high-level dialogue of state players on April 19, 2012.
· Anglican Refugee Migrant Network
· Asia Migrant Domestic Workers' Alliance
· Caritas Lebanon Migrants Center
· Center for Indian Migrant Studies
· Center for Migrant Advocacy
· Filipino Community Association - Qatar
· Helpers for Domestic Workers
· Jordan National Commission for Women
· Kuwait Trade Union Federation
· Migrant Forum in Asia
· Migrants Rights Council
· National Human Rights Commission – Oman
· National Trade Union Federation
· POURAKHI Nepal
· Pravasi Nepali Coordination Committee
· Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit
· Solidarity Center
· WOREC Nepal
· Youth Action Nepal