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Jakarta Post

Indonesia advocates migrant rights

  • Lilian Budianto

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, April 23 2009   /  02:00 pm

Indonesia advocated tougher global anti-discrimination measures - aimed at helping millions of its migrant workers - at a UN summit on racism in Geneva on Tuesday. The Foreign Ministry's director general for multilateral affairs, Rezlan Ishar Jenie, said Indonesia hoped to see countries commit to stronger anti-discrimination measures, especially in light of the global financial crisis, which has caused mass layoffs and reductions in the foreign workers' quota. "We are seeking a global willingness to address the complaints of migrant workers, especially those employed in the domestic sector. We want a transparent complaint-filing mechanism that facilitates anti-discrimination toward migrant workers that also addresses unlawful treatment by employers," he said in a press statement Wednesday. Rezlan said Indonesia also wanted better cooperation to help combat people smugglin...