UN Appreciates Indonesia on the Protection of Migrant Workers' Rights

Geneva, Switzerland: The United Nations Migrant Workers Committee expressed its appreciation for the comprehensive and inclusive report that reflects the commitment and seriousness of the Indonesian Government regarding the Implementation of the Convention on the Protection of Migrant Workers' Rights and their family members. 

"We welcome the dynamic and sustainable process that the Government of Indonesia demonstrates through the process of revising legislation to harmonize with the Convention, which is not easy considering the complexity of Indonesia," added Mr. Can Unver, one of the Country Rapporteur Committee for Indonesia in the first day dialogue between the Government of Indonesia and the United Nations Migrant Workers Committee about Indonesia's initial report on the implementation of the Convention at the UN Office in Geneva (5/9).

"One of the monumental progress of the Indonesian Government in the fulfillment and protection of the Indonesian Migrant Workers' rights abroad is the revision of Law No. 39/2004, which is currently in the finalization stage," stated Abdul Wahab Bangkona, Expert Staff of the Ministry of Employment, Directorate of International Cooperation as the Head of the Indonesian Delegation in his introductory speech.

It was further added that the revision of the Law has changed the paradigm (shifting paradigm) of the Indonesian migration regime which previously was focused on placement and now protection aspects. In addition, this revision also reflects the efforts of Indonesia which has even exceeded the protection mandate in the Convention (go beyond the Convention) for regulating on the empowerment of the workers' families left behind.

In the first day dialogue, the Committee raised a number of issues, among others, the latest developments in the revision of Law no. 39/2004, supervision and handling of PPTKIS, immigration detention, the termination of sending migrant workers to the Middle East, cases of violence against women migrant workers, empowerment of families of migrant workers, protection efforts by Indonesian Representations  abroad, social security, Crimes of Human Trafficking, MoU and bilateral cooperation in the field of employment, and the management of remittances.

The Dialogue of the Indonesian Government with the Committee on Migrant Workers has a significant meaning not only as part of the obligations and accountability of the Government in the implementation of ICMW which has been ratified through Law No. 6/2012 but also a concrete and direct follow up of a number of related Universal Periodic Review (UPR) recommendations submitted to Indonesia on last May 2017.

The dialogue took place in an open and constructive atmosphere which was also attended by the Indonesian civil society and will be continued on September 6, 2017. (Source: Indonesian Permanent Representative in Geneva/Directorate of Human Rights and Humanity)