Migrant Workers’ Rights in ASEAN Region: A Baseline Study (2019) by Human Rights Working Group Indonesia (HRWG)
Posted on February 28, 2021

Following the adaptation of ASEAN Consensus on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers (ASEAN Consensus) in 2017, HRWG and the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF) carried out a baseline study and organised a Focus Group Discussion on 30-31 August 2018 with the purpose to collect crucial information and data from representatives of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) 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:

  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 

This report 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 the collaborative work of ASEAN civil society, it 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.

Announcement from HRWG is here.

The report is available here.

Written by Bebesea

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