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Jakarta Post

‘Govt fails migrant workers’

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, December 20 2011   /  10:00 am

Migrant Care, a non-governmental organization (NGO) promoting rights of Indonesian migrant workers abroad, said that 32 migrant workers were on death row, while hundreds of others could face the death penalty, a plight that it blamed on government inaction.

The NGO found that of the 32 migrant workers on death row, 17 were in Malaysia, nine in China, and five in Saudi Arabia.

A further 417 migrant workers could also face the death penalty: 348 in Malaysia, 45 in Saudi Arabia, 22 in China, and two in Singapore.

“These people will surely lose their lives if the Indonesian government fails to show strong political will to defend their rights,” Migrant Care executive director Anis Hidayah told The Jakarta Post.

In 2011, Migrant Care recorded that 14,074 Indonesian migrant workers were not paid by their employers.

It also recorded that 3,070 workers suf...