Task Force on ASEAN Migrant Workers


                           February 20, 2009


H.E. Surin Pitsuwan

Secretary-General, ASEAN

ASEAN Secretariat

Jakarta, Indonesia


Dear Secretary-General Surin,


The Task Force on ASEAN Migrant Workers (TF-AMW) conducted a regional consultation of our trade union and NGO partners on February 20, 2009, at the Windsor Suites Hotel in Bangkok to discuss and move towards the finalization of the TF-AMW’s draft civil society “Framework Instrument on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers.”  This Framework Instrument is the product of a total of 7 national and 7 regional consultations, reflecting the policy proposals and recommendations from grass-roots organizations in the TF-AMW network engaged directly with migrant workers.  


The TF-AMW has been informed that the ASEAN Senior Labour Officials Meeting (SLOM) will be held in Lao PDR between May 12-14, 2009.   We kindly request your assistance to communicate to the ASEAN Member Governments that the TF-AMW would greatly appreciate the opportunity  to both formally convey our proposed “Framework Instrument” to the senior officials at the SLOM, and substantively engage them on the important issues and concerns contained therein.  We also ask that you kindly share our request with the relevant officials at the ASEAN Secretariat who will be involved in supporting the arrangement of the SLOM.   The TF-AMW anticipates that we will convene in Lao PDR a regional consultation of our trade union and NGO partners in the days just before the SLOM. 


In the spirit of participation that we believe that is central to the vision of a “caring and sharing” ASEAN, the TF-AMW is now working with our partners to build up national working committees in each ASEAN country.   We anticipate that these working committees will constructively engage with the national focal points of the ASEAN Committee on Migrant Workers (ACMW) and other national stakeholders following the presentation of our draft Framework Instrument to the SLOM in May.  The members of these national working committees are the national organizations associated with the TF-AMW’s regional network partners.     


We sincerely hope that our desire to beneficially contribute to ASEAN’s process to develop an Instrument to protect migrant workers, in line with Article 22 of the ASEAN Declaration on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers, will be reciprocated by the ASEAN Secretariat, the SLOM, and representatives of the ASEAN Member Governments.  


With sincere assurances of my highest respect,



Sinapan Samydorai

Convener, Task Force on ASEAN Migrant Workers