First Civil Society interface at ASEAN Summit, incudes TF AMW (ASEAN) Sat, Feb 28, 2009
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.
dialogue between Asean leaders and representatives of Asean civil groups was
chaired by Dr Thitinan Pongsuthirak of ChualongkornUniversity.
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
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 andASEAN Committee on
Migrant Workers (ACMW) engage and receive the CS ASEAN Framework
Instrumentand 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
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
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.