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First Civil Society interface at ASEAN Summit, incudes TF AMW
(ASEAN)
Sat, Feb 28, 2009

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28 Feb 2009, Hua Hin,  First civil Society interface at ASEAN Summit, incudes TF AMW

 

14th ASEAN Summit dialogue between ASEAN Heads of Government and Civil Society was held at Dusit Thani Hotel, Cha-am, Hua Hin, on 28 Feb 2009.

 

The 30-minute dialogue between Asean leaders and representatives of Asean civil groups was chaired by Dr Thitinan Pongsuthirak of Chualongkorn University. Civil Society representatives from Asean member states sat opposite the Asean leaders. The meeting included a briefing from representatives of civil groups followed by an informal exchange between the two. The meeting end with the handing of a statement from the civil society.

 

The civil society delegation were Mr. Rafendi Djamin , Ms. Yuyun Wahyuningrum, Ms. Wathshlah Naidu, Ms. Maria Estrella Penunia, Mr. Sinapan Samydorai, Ms. Suntree Sae-Geuing, and Mr. Phan Van Ngoc, led by Thitinan Pongsudhirak.

 

Civil Society reps then asked their questions. The question on behalf of the Task Force on ASEAN Migrant Workers was read by the Singapore Civil Soceity delegate:

 

 SINAPAN SAMYDORAI  (Convenor - Task Force on ASEAN Migrant Workers)

 

Your Excellencies.thank you for this opportunity.

 

The financial crisis causes serious problem for the migrant workers, many workers are losing their jobs. ASEAN economic integration by 2015, recognizes the need for mobility of goods, services, professionals and workers across the border. In Jan 2007, ASEAN member countries signed the ASEAN Declaration on the protection and promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers. In Septemeber, ASEAN formed the ASEAN Committee for the Implementation of the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers (ACMW).  Since 2007, the Civil Society and Trade Union Task Force on ASEAN Migrant Workers has conducted 7 national consultations and7 regional consultations to draft the Civil Society Framework Instrument on the protection and promotion of the rights of migrant workers. The TF AMW should be seen as a partner and not an obstacle. Here is the question to ASEAN Leaders:

 

Will the ASEAN Secretariat and  ASEAN Committee on Migrant Workers (ACMW) engage and receive the CS ASEAN Framework Instrument  and welcome the participation of CS as partners in the implementation process, decent job creation, and in ensuring a fair and just deal for all workers, especially the most vulnerable migrant workers?   If yes, how will this be done practically?

 

Note: 22 Feb 2009, the same request was made to ASEAN Secretary-General Dr.Surin Pitsuwan, at the ASEAN Civil Society Conference Dialogue with ASEAN and

Thai Foreign Ministry.


Dr. Surin had assured that the ASEAN Secretariat will receive the Civil Society Draft Framework Instrument on the protection and promotion of the rights of migrant workers. ASEAN Chair Abhisit Vejjajiva, Prime Minister of Thailand, also said ASEAN will receive the Draft Framework Instrument on the protection and promotion of the rights of migrant workers.

 

 



 


 


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