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Jakarta Post

Indonesia ratifies migrant worker convention

  • Ridwan Max Sijabat and Margareth Aritonang

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, April 13 2012   /  09:00 am

The House of Representatives unanimously endorsed a 1990 UN convention protecting migrant workers and their families on Thursday.

Ratification of the convention mandates the government to take concrete measures to protect migrant workers amid an increasing number of abuse cases.

Signed by Indonesia in 1993, the United Nations International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families has been ratified by 54 other nations, most of which have sent large numbers of workers overseas.

Under the law endorsing the convention that was passed by the House, Indonesia must integrate the convention into the nation’s laws, including provision to protect, including migrant workers and their families and to ensure their rights.

Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa hailed the ratification as ammunition for the government as ...