27 January 2010 Task Force on ASEAN Migrant Workers co-organized, with the Indonesia Migrant working group led by Indonsian HRWG and ASEAN Peoples\' Center, the successful launching of the TFAMW Book at a public forum in Jakarta. There were around 60 particiapants from CSOs, Trade Unions,  ILO, IOM,  FES,  Indonesian govternment representatves ( Ministry of Manpower, ACMW Rep  and MInistry of Foreign Affairs), Embassy reps, EU delegates,  Regional Organisations,  and  3 members  of the ASEAN Committee Permanent Representative (CPR).

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Protection of the rights of migrant workers in ASEAN is non-negotiable 

The regional economic integration of the Association of the Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is on the fast track, but the protection for the rights of migrant workers of its member states are still very poor, said Sinapan Samydorai at the Book Launching and Public Discussion: \"Civil Society Proposal on ASEAN Framework Instrument on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers\" in Hotel Akmani in Jakarta, Indonesia on 27 January 2010.

Sinapan Samydorai, the Convenor of the Task Force of ASEAN Migrant Workers (Task Force), a coalition consists of more than 50 organizations working on migrant workers in Southeast Asia, explained that \"millions of migrant workers are seeking a better future for themselves and their families by working abroad in ASEAN countries, and as economic integration intensifies leading to the full economic integration of ASEAN by 2015, this number will grow.  There is an urgent need for an agreement to protect their rights and ensure that they are treated with dignity and respect.\"  He added that the Instrument that is agreed to by ASEAN should be legally binding.

The Task Force notes that the ASEAN Declaration on the protection and promotion of the rights of the migrant workers (2007) is an important first step. The Task Force urges the ASEAN member states, in line with Principle 22 of the Declaration, to take effective and timely steps to implement a binding instrument on the promotion and protection of the rights of migrant workers in the region. In line with the spirit of the Declaration, the Task Force believes that such an instrument must include respect for fundamental human rights to protect all migrant workers, including workers from non-ASEAN countries, and those who are in an irregular or undocumented situation.

Sinapan Samydorai, the Convener of the TF-AMW, hopes \"the civil society proposal will be a useful tool for civil society and ASEAN member countries in their efforts to protect and promote the rights of migrant workers. We are certain that our civil society and government partners can use this tool for advocacy, consultation, and negotiations on language for a binding ASEAN Framework Instrument to protect and promote rights of migrant workers.\"

The 127-page book includes inputs from eight national consultations and seven regional consultations and numerous informal sessions in person, at meetings and over the internet to craft a comprehensive proposal to ASEAN. The ASEAN civil society Framework Instrument was used as the core reference document at a break-through meeting of the ASEAN Forum on Migrant Labor, convened by the Thai Ministry of Labor on 30-31 July  2009 in Bangkok, which brought together officials of the ten ASEAN governments, and a full complement of trade union and NGO activists from throughout the region.

For inquiries, please contact:

Sinapan Samydorai, Convenor - Task Force on ASEAN Migrant Workers,
Email: samysd@pacific.net.sg
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