Indonesia Civil Society Consultation forms National Committee, 15 April 2008

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Task Force on ASEAN Migrant Workers
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Indonesian Civil Society Consultations on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers,
Jakarta, 15 April 2008


The key objective of the consultation was to encourage civil society to regularly report on the progress of the implementation of the recommendations in the Jakarta Statement of the 12 May 2007 National Consultation. 16 April 2008, Indonesian civil society brief progress report and the Task Force progress report was submitted to the ASEAN Secretariat.

 Progress Report and Review:

15 April 2008, more then 20 Indonesia\'s civil society organisations gathered in Jakarta to share information and brief senior representatives from the Ministry of Manpower and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The consultation organized jointly by the Task Force on ASEAN Migrant Workers and the Indonesian HRWG reviewed progress since Indonesia’s first national consultation on the protection and promotion of the rights of migrant workers. 12 May 2007, the First Indonesian National Consultation organized by the Task Force on ASEAN Migrant Workers discussed the difficulties faced by Indonesian migrant workers and made several recommendations.

 14 May 2007, representatives of the Task Force and the Indonesian partners met with the Ministry of Manpower, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the ASEAN Secretariat to brief and submit a copy of the Jakarta statement and recommendations.  16 May 2007, the Ministry of Manpower and ASEAN Secretariat officials during the ASEAN Senior Labour officials Meeting raised the civil society Jakarta statement and the recommendation. In later,  Indonesian and Malaysian officials initiated bilateral discussion on the issue of Malaysian employers confiscating the travel documents [passports] of Indonesian migrant workers.

15 April 2008, the participants at the consultation are encouraged by the spirit of  the cooperation between concern Ministries of the government, non-government organisation and trade unions in seeking concrete solution. All acknowledged the contribution of the Task Force on ASEAN Migrant Workers to address the problems faced by migrant workers.

The officials from the Department of Manpower and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs articulated that they looked forward to feedbacks and recommendations from Indonesian civil society representative at the consultation.

Since 13 January 2007, ASEAN Declaration on the protection and promotion of the rights of migrant workers, officials are more open to discuss on fair protection of the rights of migrant workers. The ASEAN Declaration acknowledge the responsibility of both sending and receiving countries to work together to ensure that rights of migrant workers for decent working and living conditions including fair terms of employment and access to justice.

 Task Force request:

 The Task Force requests the ASEAN Secretariat to distribute the civil society progress report to the ASEAN Senior Labour official Meeting [SLOM] and the ASEAN Labour Ministers Meeting [ALMM]. The Task Force will continue to engage ASEAN on the elaboration of the framework instrument on the protection and promotion of the rights of migrant workers.

 Conclusion and Recommendations

 The participants affirmed the ASEAN declaration on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers, 13 January 2007:

  1. Agreed to establish a National Committee to review the implementation of the 15 point recommendation made in the May 2007 National Consultation, and the ASEAN Declaration on the protection and promotion of the rights of migrant workers
  2. The National Committee will promote the exchange of information among trade unions, civil society organisations and government institutions on progress in the implementation of the 15 point recommendation made in the May 2007 National Consultation, and the ASEAN Declaration on the protection and promotion of the rights of migrant workers
  3. Agreed to create a matrix of civil society organisations commitment to the15 point recommendations made in the May 2007 National Consultation.
  4. Annual progress report and review by civil society will be submitted to the Indonesian government and the Task Force on ASEAN Migrant Workers during national consultations.

 Background:

The Task Force is a civil society initiated “regional mechanism\" comprising trade unions, human rights and migrant rights non-governmental organisations, and migrant worker associations. The Task Force on ASEAN Migrant Workers was set up in April 2006.

It has launched national and sub-regional consultations on the protection and promotion of the rights of migrant workers. Up to date, consultations have been conducted in five ASEAN countries, namely Indonesia (May 12, 2007), Thailand (July 31, 2007), Philippines (September 2007) and Vietnam (March 2008). The Task Force has also engaged in several ASEAN led and regional civil society led consultations since 2006.  

The Task Force continues to engage in consultation with stakeholders to forge cooperation and common activities to protect and promote the rights of migrant workers in the region. The Consultation Workshops discuss and propose recommendations on overcoming the obstacles to build regional solidarity to achieve decent working and living conditions, and respect for the core labour standards of workers, especially for all migrant workers from and within Southeast Asia.

The Governments and the ASEAN Secretary-General assigned responsibility for the Human Rights component of the Vientiane Action Programme to the Regional Working Group for an ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism and encourage the involvement of civil society. The Task Force engages and reports to the ASEAN Secretariat and National Governments of ASEAN member countries on the elaboration and implementation of the framework instrument to protect and promote the rights of migrant workers.

 The 40th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting [Para 44] \"recognised the valuable contribution of the civil society organizations (CSO) in the building of an ASEAN Community and expressed our commitment to continue to engage with CSO representatives at various levels, programmes and meetings.\"  The Task Force appreciates the opportunities to meet the concern officials at the ASEAN Secretariat on 16 May 2007 and again today, 16 April 2008. The Task Force as a civil society initiative will continue to engage and cooperate with the ASEAN Secretariat and National Governments of ASEAN member countries.

 

 

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