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Migrant worker protection should begin at home: Activists tell government

  • Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Fri, November 22, 2019   /  08:39 pm
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Indonesian Migrant Workers Union secretary-general Anwar Maarif (right) along with the union’s Mempawah chapter head Mahadir (left) and Jakarta Legal Aid Foundation lawyer Monica (second left) hold a press conference on Sunday in Jakarta to address human trafficking. (Antara/Nova Wahyudi)

While Indonesia continues to seek international recognition for its role in migrant worker protection, activists have urged the government to do more at home, particularly as it has not yet drafted implementing regulations for the 2017 Migrant Worker Protection Law. A biannual resolution on female migrant workers was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in New York earlier this week, following a push by Indonesia and the Philippines — which are among the world's major sending countries of female domestic workers. The resolution, which has been initiated by the two neighboring countries since 1993, aims to increase the awareness of UN members on the importance of respecting the rights of female migrant workers and their families, as well as protecting these workers from violence and rights violations. Through the nonbinding resolution, the UN General Assembly ...