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Call to ratify migrant worker convention
Government must quickly ensure rights are protected, activists sayRieke Dyah Pitaloka during a workers' protest in Jakarta
- Ryan Dagur, Jakarta
- April 9, 2012
The group says President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono instructed the ministries of foreign affairs, law and human rights, and manpower and transmigration to do so in a letter signed on February 7 which was submitted to House of Representatives chairman Marzuki Ali.
For 13 years, activists and civil society have pressured the government to act for the sake of migrant workers, executive director of Migrant Care Anis Hidayah said yesterday.
We urge immediate discussion on ratification by involving the active participation of civil society, she said.
Rieke Diah Pitaloka, an activist and legislator, said yesterday that the house‚Äôs commission IX, which oversees manpower and transmigration issues, is to start discussing the issue today.
‚ÄúRatification is important because the convention decides the minimum standards of civil rights protection, economy and social-culture of all migrant workers and their families,‚ÄĚ she said.
The convention includes a series of standards for the protection of migrant workers and outlines the obligations of original, transit and receiving countries. It also prevents and eliminates the exploitation of all migrant workers and members of their families, she added.
‚ÄúI urge legislators and ministers to immediately ratify the convention so that it can be a guideline for the improvement of protection for Indonesian migrant workers,‚ÄĚ she asserted.
Call to ratify UN migrant convention
Indonesia urged to protect its workers