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Moratorium on sending workers to Saudi starts Aug. 1

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, June 23 2011   /  08:00 am

Indonesia will issue a moratorium on sending workers to Saudi Arabia that will take effect Aug. 1, following the nationwide outcry over the recent beheading of an Indonesian maid by Saudi authorities.

Indonesian Manpower and Transmigration Minister Muhaimin Iskandar said Wednesday in Jakarta that the moratorium would last until the governments of both countries signed an accord on the protection of Indonesian migrant workers in the Middle Eastern country and established a joint taskforce responsible for taking care of the issue.

“After a number of considerations and upon learning of the impacts of the semi-moratorium in the past three months, the Indonesian government has decided to issue a moratorium on sending Indonesian migrant workers to Saudi Arabia,” Muhaimin said in a press statement.

The term “semi-moratorium” refers to tighter procedures in sending w...