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Jakarta Post

Bilateral agreements not enough: Expert

  • Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, January 31 2019   /  02:00 am

Migrant workers in ASEAN need protection that is stronger than bilateral agreements between member countries because such arrangements are informal and too weak to protect workers’ rights.

“The problem with bilateral agreements is that the negotiation depends on who has the leverage over the other country. In addition, the content of the agreement is also not easily accessible to the public,” Human Rights Working Group (HRWG) researcher Avyanthi Azis said at a book launch on the migration issue in ASEAN recently.

Bilateral agreements have become the dominant mode of governance in promoting the protection of the rights of migrant workers, as the regional bloc has yet to make a legally binding document for the protection of migrant workers.

The implementation of the ASEAN Consensus on the Protection and Promotion of Migrant Workers’ Rights, which was agreed upo...