Media Advisory - Special Gathering of the Migrant Justice Network at the Quebec Social Forum: Migrants workers, Canadian and Quebec Migrant Rights Advocates Meet to Create a Plan of Action for the Protection of Temporary Workers Rights in Canada

    WHAT:   The Eastern Migrant Justice Gathering - Temporary Migration and
            Human Rights in Canada

    WHEN:   August 24 and 25, 2007 / 9:00-17:00

    WHERE:  Université du Québec à Montréal
            Pavillon R (Gestion), Corner of Ste-Catherine and St-Denis St.
            Room R-M160 (Métro Level)

    MONTREAL and OTTAWA, Aug. 21 /CNW Telbec/ - In collaboration with the
Migrant Justice Network, hundred of migrants, community workers and
representatives from human rights NGOs will meet in Montréal next Friday and
Saturday to discuss the plight of temporary migrant workers and the protection
of their human rights in Canada, with a particular focus on the situation in
Quebec. This gathering will inquire into the abuse of these migrants' rights,
particularly cruel and unsafe working conditions, with the aim of countering
these rights violation in the form of a Plan of Action, to be released as an
outcome of the gathering.
    Despite widespread coverage in the Canadian media surrounding the
numerous instances of human rights violations suffered by migrant workers in
Canada, the Canadian government still refuses to ratify the International
Convention on the Protection of the Rights of all Migrants Workers and Members
of their Families, a key international treaty which aims to enshrine the
protection of migrants' human rights into international law.
    Representatives from Action Canada for Population and Development,
Amnistie Internationale - section canadienne francophone, Association des
aides familiales du Québec, Centre Justice et Foi, Centre d'aide aux
travailleurs et travailleuses agricoles, Canadian Labour Congress, EQUITAS,
KAIROS, Migrant Justice Network, PINAY, Commission des droits de la personne
et de la jeunesse du Québec, Réseau oecuménique justice et paix, and Pastorale
sociale Centre-Sud/Diocèse de Montréal will inform the gathering on their
respective campaigns and activities. Related workshops will examine the
condition of domestic workers, seasonal agricultural workers and undocumented
persons in Canada. Other workshops will investigate issues around the
unionization of temporary migrant workers, globalization and the crucial role
of provincial and federal legislation in protecting migrants' human rights as
well as its role in the prevention of human trafficking.

    Members of the media are invited to attend this symposium:

    Meeting Highlights

    FRIDAY, August 24, 2007

    09:00: International Migration, Globalization and Human Rights - This is
    the first workshop out of eight in this series. It aims to situate the
    issue of temporary migration, particularly domestic workers and seasonal
    agricultural workers, within the international context. Particular
    attention will be paid to the International Convention on the Protection
    of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families.
    Guest Speakers: Victor Piché (ACPD), Eugénie Pelletier (Université de
    Montréal) and Mauricio Palacio (Centre Justice et Foi)

    14:00: Seasonal Agricultural Workers - This workshop will present an
    overview of the current situation of seasonal agricultural workers -
    focusing on those from Mexico, Guatemala and Jamaica. The workshop will
    provide an opportunity to hear directly from agricultural workers about
    their work experiences.
    Guest Speakers : Clément Bolduc (diocèse de Montréal) et Charles Latour

    SATURDAY, August 25, 2007

    16:00: Temporary Migration and Human Rights: Recommendations and Plan of
    Action - As the last in the series, this workshop will endeavour to
    synthesize the discussions of the previous seven workshops concerning the
    condition of migrant workers and temporary workers in Canada. A Plan of
    Action will be developed based on specific recommendations from these

    The complete meeting schedule is available online at:

For further information:

For further information: Victor Piché, Honorary Professor (Université de
Montréal)/ACPD,, Cell.: (514) 261-9648; Alfredo Barahon,
KAIROS, (416) 463-5312, poste 251,; Johanne Fillion,
ACPD, Cell./Blackberry: (613) 852-8382,

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