Monday, October 30, 2006

Government Not Yet Ready to Sign Convention on Migrant Workers

Monday, 30 October, 2006 | 14:03 WIB

TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta: I Made Arka, Directorate General of Migrant Worker Placement Management at the Department of Manpower and Transportation, stated that the government has not yet ratified the international convention on migrant workers and their families' protection.

“We're not yet ready with the consequence of similar treatment to foreign workers who are in Indonesia,” he told Tempo on Friday (10/27) at his office.

Manpower and Transmigration Minister Erman Soeparno stated that the government was still internally discussing matters on the convention ratification.

“Not yet, it is still being discussed,” said Erman on the same day at his office.

The convention was declared in New York on 18 December 1990 and was legalized on 1 July 2003.

Now, a total of 34 countries have ratified the convention, with Nicaragua the last country to signing the ratification on 26 October 2005.

As regards this matter response, Wahyu Susilo, a Migrant Care policy analyst, said that the government did not have the initiative for protecting migrant workers.

This was proved by the absence of political decisions for ratifying the convention into a national law.

“They mostly refer to economic paradigms than human rights protection,” said Wahyu when contacted yesterday (10/19).

According to him, if the convention is ratified, the government will have potential integrated migrant workers protection.

It can be part of the protection system at the Committee for Protecting Migrant Workers' Rights at the United Nations.

“We could also ask for inter-state human rights if there was any mistreatment of Indonesian migrant workers,” he said.

NUR AINI



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