Migrant Workers’ Rights in ASEAN Region: A Baseline Study

Labour migration is a global growing concern in the 21st century. In the ASEAN region, migrant workers form the backbone of the sprawling fishing industries of Thailand, the concrete jungles of Singapore and the lucrative plantations of Malaysia. They also traverse public-private boundaries to ‘maintain’ the smooth running of households, thus allowing their employers to participate in the national workforce.

Despite this huge significance, holistic measures and legal frameworks to respect, protect and fulfill migrant workers’ rights at a regional level remain inadequate. Ideally, there should be a legally binding regional instrument that guarantees the rights of migrant workers throughout the migration cycle. However, a decade of elusive negotiations proves to be unsuccessful. ASEAN states still cannot come to an agreement on the adoption of such an instrument. As an alternative, ASEAN states have recently adopted ASEAN Consensus on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers (ASEAN Consensus).

This choice is largely criticised because the document simply imposes moral weight, as opposed to legal obligations, on ASEAN states. This means that ASEAN Consensus merely governs the basic principles and norms without specifying any concrete and directly applicable measures to protect migrant workers. Furthermore, most of the principles enumerated in the ASEAN Consensus are subject to national laws of ASEAN states, making the protection of migrant workers relatively uncertain and weak.

In order to ensure the utmost protection, promotion, and enjoyment of the rights of migrant workers, it is important to understand the situation and context of human rights problems affecting migrant workers in the region. Against such a backdrop, the Human Rights Working Group (HRWG) and the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF) carried out a baseline study and organised a Focus Group Discussion (FGD) on 30-31 August 2018 with the purpose to collect crucial information and data from representatives of Civil Society Organization (CSO) in each ASEAN Member State (AMS). This baseline study is aimed at identifying the current conditions pertaining to the implementation of migrant workers’ rights, focusing in particular on the following issues that are already discussed in the ASEAN Consensus on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers (ASEAN Consensus):

  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. cooperation among AMS and mechanisms
  7. standard-setting and ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Migrant Workers and their Family Members 

It is paramount to have a baseline study on issues that have become a political commitment of ASEAN Member States, for it could help ensure the effective implementation of such a commitment in addressing human rights abuses against migrant workers Migrant Workers’ Rights in ASEAN Region: A Baseline Study is aimed at offering an insight into the human rights situation of migrant workers in the ASEAN region post the 2017 ASEAN Consensus. As a result of collaborative work of ASEAN civil society, this book shows a common concern on the state of migrant workers as well as the hope of more collaborative work among ASEAN states to improve such situation.

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[Lowongan Kerja] Program Officer untuk Advokasi HAM PBB dan OKI

Koalisi HAM Human Rights Working Group (HRWG) didirikan oleh mayoritas NGO yang bekerja di berbagai isu mengenai hak asasi manusia untuk memenuhi kebutuhan elaborasi dan advokasi dengan memaksimalkan tujuan dan tekanan kepada Pemerintah Indonesia untuk mengimplementasikan konstitusi dan tanggung jawab internasionalnya dalam melindungi, memenuhi, menghargai, dan mempromosikan hak asasi manusia di Indonesia.

Persyaratan:

  • Memiliki gelar sarjana minimum (S1) dari mata pelajaran yang relevan; Hukum, Hak Asasi Manusia dan Hubungan Internasional lebih menguntungkan
  • Keterampilan komunikasi yang baik baik dalam Bahasa Indonesia maupun Bahasa Inggris, lisan atau tulisan
  • Setidaknya 2 tahun pengalaman di sektor LSM hak asasi manusia
  • Mampu mengoperasikan komputer; bisa menggunakan desain Adobe merupakan nilai tambah
  • Kemampuan pemahaman dan analisis yang baik tentang gerakan masyarakat sipil dan sosial di Indonesia dan internasional
  • Keterampilan yang sangat baik untuk bekerja sebagai individu, serta kerja sama tim
  • Memiliki pemahaman yang jelas tentang prinsip-prinsip hak asasi manusia
  • Mampu bekerja dengan jadwal yang ketat dan bekerja dari waktu ke waktu (jika perlu)
  • Memiliki pengalaman dan/atau pelatihan untuk menggunakan mekanisme hak asasi manusia internasional lebih menguntungkan.
  • Posisi ini akan efektif per 25 Juni 2018

Deskripsi Kerja:

  • Memantau peran Indonesia di PBB khususnya di Dewan Hak Asasi Manusia (HRC)
  • Mengirimkan laporan ke Dewan HAM PBB
  • Sepenuhnya bertanggung jawab dalam menulis Pengaduan Individu melalui mekanisme Prosedur Khusus PBB
  • Memantau, menganalisis, dan menyusun strategi isu-isu yang menjadi fokus HRWG
  • Mengembangkan kertas kebijakan dan briefing dokumen dari suatu isu
  • Menyiapkan informasi yang harus disampaikan kepada publik melalui situs web HRWG
  • Melakukan hal-hal administratif untuk membuat acara
  • Bekerjasama secara aktif dengan Manajer dan Direktur Eksekutif dalam kegiatan yang dilakukan di luar Jakarta
  • Menjaga jaringan HRWG dan mampu membangun jaringan baru baik di tingkat internasional maupun nasional
  • Berkomunikasi dengan pemangku kepentingan tentang berbagai isu dan permasalahan terkait dengan HAM
  • Melaporkan dan mendokumentasikan setiap aktivitas kepada Manajer dan Direktur Eksekutif

Isi Formulir dan kirim bersama CV Anda, surat lamaran, tuliskan contoh (jika ada) dan 2 referensi dari pembela hak asasi manusia terkemuka (nilai tambah) ke email: hrwg.indonesia@gmail.com

HRWG is a member-based organization for the international advocacy set up by various NGOs and individuals across Indonesia on 2013. We are the national NGO which brought the national issue of human rights to the international level through the United Nations (UN), Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) mechanism. Our aim is to promote human rights in Indonesia so that the government is fulfilling their international human rights obligation to uphold human rights in Indonesia

Requirements:

  • Holds minimum undergraduate degree (S1) from any relevant subjects; Law, Human Rights and International Relation are more favourable
  • Good communication skills both in Bahasa and English, spoken or written
  • At least 2 years experience in human rights NGO sector
  • Computer literate; able to use Adobe design is a plus
  • Good understanding and analytical skills on civil society and social movement in Indonesia and international
  • Excellent skills to work as an individual, as well as teamwork
  • Have a clear understanding of the principles of human rights
  • Able to work on tight schedule and working over time (if necessary)
  • Have experiences and/or training on using the international human rights mechanism are more favourable.
  • This position will be effective per June 25, 2018

Responsibilities:

  • Monitoring the Indonesia role in the UN especially in the Human Rights Council (HRC)
  • Write the submission to UN-HRC
  • Fully in-charge in writing Individual Complaint through the mechanism of UN Special Procedure
  • Monitoring, analyzing and drafting strategies of HRWG’s issue in focus
  • Developing policy paper and briefing document of an event
  • Preparing information which has to deliver to the public through the HRWG website
  • Doing administrative things on creating the event
  • Actively cooperate with the Manager in the activities done outside Jakarta
  • Maintain HRWG network and able to establish new network both in international and national level
  • Communicate with stakeholders on various issues
  • Reporting and documenting every activity to the Manager and Executive Director

Fill the Form and send along with your CV, application letter, writing example (if any) and 2 references from the prominent human rights defenders (is a plus!) to email: hrwg.indonesia@gmail.com

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