Enhancing Awareness and Information Services to Protect the Rights of Migrant Workers (ASEAN) Wed, Jul 28, 2010
3rd ASEAN Forum on
and Information Services to Protect the Rights of Migrant Workers
19-20 July 2010 Ha Noi
The 3rd ASEAN Forum
on Migrant Labour was held on 19-20 July 2010 in Ha Noi, Viet Nam. There
were more the 100 participants including representatives from the government,
workers’ and employers’ organizations, and civil society organizations of nine ASEANMemberStates, the ASEAN
Secretariat, the International Labour Organization (ILO), the International
Organization for Migration (IOM), the Task Force for ASEAN Migrant Workers
(TF-AMW) and UNIFEM.
The purpose of the
Forum was to provide an open platform for discussion and the exchange of views
and ideas among stakeholders on labour migration issues, with specific
attention to the theme of enhancing awareness and ensuring access to
information for the protection of the rights of migrant workers.
To promote the
implementation of the Declaration, the ASEAN Labour Ministers’ decided to
institutionalize the Forum as an annual meeting. The active participation of
workers’ and employers’ organizations, recruitment agencies and civil society
organizations is important to the establishment of a people-oriented ASEAN that
reaches to all corners of society. The ASEAN Declaration on the Promotion and
Protection of the Rights of Migrant Workers outlines sending and receiving
countries’ obligations, and joint obligations of ASEAN countries.
Indonesia as the Chair of the ASEAN in 2011, will
host the 4thASEAN
Forum on Migrant Labour next year, and will bring together a broad group of
stakeholders to continue efforts to implement the Declaration on the Promotion
and Protection of the Rights of Migrant Workers.
SUMMARY OF KEY
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR CONSIDERATION
into two discussion groups to discuss information services and put forward
recommendations. The discussions were moderated by Mr. Sinapan Samydorai, the
TF-AMW Convenor, and Mr. Bruno Maltoni from IOM. The six draft recommendations
that emerged from the workshop discussion groups were presented to the
plenary for comment and debate.
There were concerns
raised from Malaysian MOHR and Singaporean MOM with regard to the clause in
Recommendation 3 on monitoring. Other participants felt that improving the
quality of information and service providers required monitoring against the
standards outlined in national and international legislation and commitments.
6, the Malaysian MOHR raised a concern about the sharing of laws or policies on
migration that could be considered confidential. They therefore proposed the
inclusion of the following clause: "...pursuant to the laws, policies and
regulations of the respective ASEAN Member States”. It was agreed to only share
“publicly available” information.
Viet Nam as Chair of the ASEAN will submit the
Recommendations of the 3rd ASEAN Forum on Migrant Labour to the ACMW who will
then submit them for endorsement
from the SLOM.
Further to the Joint
Communiqué of the 21st ASEAN Labour Ministers’ Meeting on 24 May 2010, the 3rd
ASEAN Forum on Migrant Labour put forward the following recommendations are in
support of the Implementation of the Declaration on the Protection and the
Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers, and the ASEAN Labour Ministers’
Work Program (2010-2015).
PROTECTION OF THE RIGHTS OF MIGRANT WORKERS
1.Strengthen information and services to
better protect women and men migrant workers and ensure decent and productive
work in conditions of freedom, equity, security and human dignity. Provide
opportunities for migrants to realize their labour rights in line with
legislation of the ASEAN Member States, the ILO Fundamental Principles and
Rights at Work, and their basic human rights protected by the UN and
international conventions, particularly CEDAW and CRC, and in the spirit of the
ASEAN Declaration on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant
2.Ensure that information services are more
accessible to women and men migrants and reflect their specific and diverse
needs. Pursue the use of varied delivery channels for pre-employment,
pre-departure and on-site information, including schools and training
institutions, migrant community representatives, the media and public
information campaigns. Continually assess the quality and reach of information
services for migrant workers and the capacity of service providers to meet
3.Provide accessible channels for women
and men migrant workers to report and seek redressfor violations of rights and terms and
conditions of employment, and promote the implementation of the national
legislation and international commitments.
THE ROLE OF SENDING
COUNTRY REPRESENTATIVES IN RECEIVING COUNTRIES
4.Strengthen and raise the visibility of
labour attachés and consular staff in collecting and providing information, and
responding to rights violations against women and men migrant workers. This
should be achieved through close engagement with the migrant community and
employers, and in cooperation with authorities of the host countries.
5.Actively engage and consult
stakeholders from government, employers’ and workers’ organizations, and civil
society organizations in developing and implementing information campaigns and
services for women and men migrant workers at all stages of the migration
ASEAN, STAKEHOLDERS AND INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
6.The ASEAN Secretariat, national and
regional stakeholders and international organizations should facilitate the
sharing of good practices in the provision of information and services,promote the development and use of
user-friendly information materials between and among ASEAN states and increase
migrant workers’ ease of access to and understanding of publicly available
information on laws, guidelines and other information materials produced by
governments of sending and receiving states. The ASEAN Member States, the ASEAN
Secretariat, stakeholders, the UN and international organizations should
continue to cooperate in providing opportunities for capacity building and
confidence building of stakeholders at national and regional levels.