Cambodia: Migration protection \'poor\'

11 May 2010   |  Unused   |  Unused  

5-7th May 2010, Phnom Penh, Cambodia: The TFAMW successful launch the Civil Society Proposal on the ASEAN Framework Instrument protection and promotion of the rights of migrant workers. The TFAMW also distributed the poster calling for a legally binding ASEAN Framework Instrument. The poster invites participants to \"Let\'s get together to build the ASEAN Community\".

There were more then 100 participants at the International Conference on Migration: \"Mobility Patterns of Cambodian and Other Nationals in the South-east Asia Region\"  5th-7th May 2010, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The TFAMW was also given the opportunity to conduct a workshop on the civil society proposal.

Cambodia: Migration protection \'poor\'

The  head of  Task Force on ASEAN\'s migrant workers on Thursday described Cambodia\'s implementation of a regional declaration on migration as \"very poor\".

Speaking on the second day of a conference on migration held in the capital, Sinapan Samydorai said Cambodia was just one of several ASEAN member states that had made inadequate progress implementing non-binding obligations contained within the ASEAN Declaration on the Protection and Promotion of Rights of Migrant Workers, which is designed to ensure that basic rights of legal migrant workers are respected.

\"The Cambodian experience is not just the migrant workers\' issue, but also all the other [International Labour Organisation] agreements they have signed, the implementation has been very poor, very ineffective,\" he said after his presentation.

The ASEAN declaration on migration calls on origin countries such as Cambodia to, among other things, \"eliminate recruitment malpractices\" and \"ensure access to employment and livelihood opportunities, so that migration occurs out of choice\".

In a briefing paper for his presentation, Samydorai said about 13.5 million migrant workers from ASEAN member countries were scattered across the globe. He said Thursday that ASEAN should adopt a legally binding measure to protect migrant workers, but Bruno Maltoni, a project coordinator at the International Organisation on Migration, said the enforcement of such a declaration across international borders would be \"impossible\".

Source: Phnom Penh Post

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