Migrant Plight

Feb 26, 2011 (LBO) – The International Labour Organisation has urged Libya to protect the rights of migrant workers caught up in the current conflict and ensure their basic right to freedom of association. Libyan leaders must put an immediate stop to the massive killings, large-scale violence and generalized repression unleashed against peaceful demonstrations of people exercising their legitimate rights to freedom of expression and assembly, ILO Director-General Juan Somavia said.

Of grave concern to the ILO is the plight of domestic and migrant workers and their families caught in the midst of this deepening humanitarian, social and political crisis.

“Their rights, voices and dignity must be respected. This includes respect for the basic right to freedom of association of employers and of workers.

The standards supervisory bodies of the ILO have repeatedly requested Libya to let workers set up and join organizations of their own choosing, the statement said.

The ILO has expressed strong concern that people who have tried to exercise this right have been subject to repressive measures, including forced labour.

National and international conditions must be created f