Established Migrant Technical Assistance Group, August 1, 2007 (Regional) Wed, Aug 15, 2007
Task Force on ASEAN Migrant Workers
1 Aug 2007
Migrant Technical Assistance Group
Expert Group Workshop
Tool-kits on Good Practices
On the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers
The Task Force on
ASEAN Migrant Workers is a civil society initiative to develop an ASEAN
Framework Instrument for the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant
Workers.ASEAN called for the
elaborating of such a Framework Instrument as part of its Vientiane Action Plan, which
supports the ASEAN Security Community and ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community pillar
The Task Force
initiative engages civil society in regional
and national consultation workshops, seeking input and contributions to support
the drafting of the ASEAN Framework Instrument.Among the groups that this effort has
reached are trade unions, migrant support NGOs, human rights NGOs, migrant
workers’ organizations, inter-governmental organizations, international
agencies, and representatives of interested governments.In addition to developing policy proposals and
recommendations, the consultations organized by the Task Force also promote
greater awareness, co-operation and participation among stakeholders about the
issues and problems faced by migrant workers as they seek to assert their
rights in the ASEAN region.
It is well known
that ASEAN is currently in the process of significant and sustained economic
integration which ASEAN plans will result in full economic integration by the
year 2015just seven years in the
future.The Task Force on ASEAN Migrant
Workers believe that the cross-border movement of migrant workers for decent
work will be the key to peaceful integration of peoples living in the ASEAN
The ASEAN Framework
Instrument is a first major step for ASEAN to effectively manage labour migration
includingthe protection of migrant
workers’ rights, addressing the issue of smuggling and trafficking of persons,
dealing with health, and addressing the impact of economic integration on
However, at this
time, there is no regional framework agreement in ASEAN that addresses the
importance of core labor standards and their connection to enforcement of
decent workingand living conditions for
all workers, especially migrant workers.
standards and regulations in ASEAN countries will need to be harmonized with
international labour standards as called for in paragraph 22 of the ASEAN
Declaration on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers
which was adopted by the ASEAN Leaders in Cebu, the Philippines, in January 2007.
The Task Force on
ASEAN Migrant Workers believes that international core labor standards provide
concrete protection for the human rights of workers and create the necessary
conditions for better distribution of wealth in society, thereby reducing the
As ASEAN peoples
cross borders seeking employment opportunities that will help them build a
better life for themselves and their families, they should be treated with
fairness and provided equal opportunity to succeed.To ensure this occurs, effective national
legislation will have to be promulgated by the Governments of ASEAN, building
effective response beyond the ASEAN Framework Instrument to be developed.
The Task Force on ASEAN Migrant Workers believes that economic integration should provide:
Equitable access to opportunities rising above the barriers of religion, race, language, gender, social and cultural bias, etc.
Basic human rights all migrant workers and the familes should be repected regardless of whether they are documented or undocumented
Regional mutual recognition of skills
Frameworks to manage and enable smooth migration of workers across the border in the region
Framework agreements on core labor standards that provide for decent working and living conditions
Borderless movement - cross-border mobility for all ASEAN residents
Clear steps to reduce the poverty gap and the existing development gap
Civil Society participation in providing inputs for policy choices
1. To enrich the ASEAN framework with concrete experiences of improving the conditions of all migrant workers
2. To assist with technical advice and assistance in the implementation of the ASEAN Declaration on Protection of Migrant Workers, with special focus on paragraph 22 and its implications for the national level.
UN OHCHR: Human Rights Approach
OHCHR - Humayoun Alizadeh, Regional Representative of the Office of the OHCHR
1990 - Conventions on the rights of migrant workers and their families
The Philippines experience for the promotion and protection of the rights of the migrant workers - Sarah Lou Ysmael Arriola, J.D., LLM, Director for Special Projects, Ateneo Human Rights Center
The Thai Experince - Thai Human Rights Commission, Dr. Sriprapha Petcharamesree, Director Office Human Rights Studies and Social Development, Graduate Studies, MahidolUniversity
Regional CSO Experiences:
Caram Asia – Cynthia Gabrial- Tool Kit
ASETUC - UNI APRO, Rolando Bobbit, Representative, ASETUC & Union Network International- Philippines Liaison council- Way forward to go beyond the treaty bodies.
Migrant Forum in Asia - William Gois, Regional Co-ordination
Mekong Migrant Network - Tuyet
APWLD Labor and Migration Task Force - Maita Santiago
Inter-governmental Agencies Experiences:
ILO - Tetus, Smart Travel - Smart Workers - Fare Hire
IOM -Federico, IOM toolkit
UNHCR - Corinna, Mixed flow of Migrant workers and Refugees
UNIFEM Gender Perspective:
UNIFEM Jean - Tookit Gender equality in the promotion of rights migrant women workers
Jean D Cunha, Regional Program Director, UNIFEM, East and Southeast Asia Regional Office,
Tool Kit: Empowering Women Migrant Workers in Asia, A Briefing Kit
This kit developed by UNIFEM is informed by the experience of struggle, resilience, and creative practice of women migrant workers and their support groups. It enhances an understanding of how prevention of discrimination and abuse of women migrant workers should be addressed as issues of ensuring gender equality and basic human rights; promoting sustainable development and good governance. Finally it reinforces commitment to collaborative action between government and civil society stakeholders within and across countries and regions, in ways that meaningfully protect and empower women migrant workers.
SEARCH – CIDA: Micheal Miner - SMART methodology. Activities to produce out put.
SEARCH – CIDA:Phil Robertson: Task Force needs strong support to develop a draft a framework instrument. Need for technical assistance NGO and International Agencies.
Task Force on ASEAN Migrant Workers: Sinapan Samydorai -Draft model ASEANframework instrument on the protection and the promotion of the rights of migrant workersincluding examples of of best practices. Welcome the support of ILO, IOM, UNIFEM, CSO and trade unions to providethe best practices.
The Informal Migrant Technical Assistance Group (M-TAG) was formed at the consultation-workshop participate by senior United Nations experts who presented information about their activities and policy recommendations to the ASEAN CSO, Trade Unions and the Task Force on ASEAN Migrant Workers.A total of 39 senior staff (from ILO, IOM, UNHCR, OHCHR, UNIFEM, UNIAP, UNICEF, and others) took part and offered proposals, policy recommendations, and pledges of ongoing technical support for the work of the Task Force on ASEAN Migrant Workers to develop a draft ASEAN Framework Instrument on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers.