Wednesday, December 20, 2006

UN human rights special rapporteur visits Indonesia

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Indonesia has invited Jorge A. Bustamante, the United Nations` Special Rapporteur on Migrants` Human Rights Affairs, to visit Indonesia on December 12-21, 2006, a Foreign Ministry official said here on Monday.

Wiwik Setiawati, Director of the Human Rights and Humanity Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said that Indonesia had invited the UN`s rapporteur under the request of the world body.

She said that the visit would not imply that the Indonesian government was being suspected of having committed human arights vilations.

"The aim of the special rapporteur`s visit is to obtain first-hand information on efforts and ways carried out by Indonesia in providing comprehensive and effective protection of migrants` rights," she said.

Setiawati said that the visit was intended to help Indonesia in its efforts to improve international understanding, particularly countries employing workers from Indonesia, on the importance of protecting and promoting migrant workers` rights.

The special rapporteur has been active in supporting the efforts by national and regional non-governmental organizations (LSM) --which were sponsored by Komnas Perempuan (Woman`s Rights Commission)-- to formulate a framework for the protection of migrant workers in Asia.

In carrying out its mandate on the international level, the special rapporteur has demonstrated that it hs helped reinforce and advance the protection of Indonesia`s migrant workers` rights.

It is also expected that Bustamante would provide suggestions and recommendations on how to improve the fate and conditions of Indonesia`s migrant workers.

During his visit in Indonesia, Bustamante is scheduled to meet with members of the House of Representatives (DPR), a number of cabinet ministers such as coordinating minister for legal, political and security affairs, coordinating minister for economic affairs, coordinating minister for people`s welfare, manpower and transmigration minister, foreign minister, justice and human rights minister, the attorney general, the national police chief, representatives of NGOs and various human rights commissions. (*)

December 11, 2006


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