Regional CSOs Consultation on the Implementation of the ASEAN Consensus on the Rights of Migrant Workers

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[February 2018] Human Rights Working Group (HRWG) in collaboration with Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF) has successfully convened the “Regional CSOs Consultation on the Implementation of the ASEAN Consensus on the Rights of Migrant Workers” on last 20-21 February 2018 at Alila Hotel Pecenongan, Jakarta, Indonesia to gather recommendation from ASEAN CSOs on the implementation of ASEAN Consensus on Migrant Workers. HRWG held the consultation to ensure that the Regional Plan of Action (RPA) of the Consensus is based on the international human rights standards to fully promote and protect the rights of migrant workers in ASEAN. Furthermore, through this consultation HRWG and all ASEAN CSOs would like to be involved in the negotiation process for developing the RPA.

The consultation was attended by the Representative of Indonesian Ministry of Manpower, Mrs. Roostiawaty, Director of Labour Market Development, the Ambassador of EU Mission to ASEAN, H.E. Amb. Fontan Fransisco, the First Secretary of Indian, Amb. Mr. Rakesh K. Upadhyay, Representatives of Diplomatic Missions to ASEAN, Indonesian Representative to ACWC for Child Rights, Mrs. Yuyum Fhahni, Focal Point of Indonesia to Senior Official Meeting on the Social Welfare and Development (SOMSWD), Mr. Mu’man Nuryana, Academes, The Regional Advisor of TIPs from Australia-Asia Program to Combat Trafficking on Persons (AAPTIP), Ms. Dian Anshar, Representative of CSOs from ten ASEAN Member States, and Jakarta based media.

The recommendation focuses on specific issues related to migrant workers’ rights and current problems in ASEAN namely, ensure the Regional Plan of Action (RPA) is transparent and inclusive of the ASEAN Civil Society, trade unions, and people organizations. In addition to that, the ten CSOs from ASEAN Member States recommended these following issues to be included in the RPA namely 1) decent work and social protection; 2) undocumented migrant workers and cross-cutting human rights issues; 3) access to justice; 4) information, empowerment, and recruitment; 5) repatriation and reintegration; 6) the cooperation among AMS and mechanisms; and 7) standard-setting and ratification of the CMW. For detail and complete recommendation please download here or contact Mr. Daniel Awigra, Program Manager of Human Rights and ASEAN at HRWG through email awigra2015@gmail.com.