The ASEAN community should ensure maximum benefits for the people by
strengthening efforts towards human rights protection, Minister of
Foreign Affairs Retno L. P. Marsudi said at the ASEAN Ministerial
According to a press release from the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs received by ANTARA News here on Wednesday, the minister
supports the strengthening of the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on
Human Rights to reinforce human rights protection in the ASEAN region.
Minister Marsudi also proposed the division of human rights in the ASEAN Secretariat.
promotion and protection of human rights is one of the main issues that
member states of ASEAN must fight for," she emphasized.
stated that the protection of migrant workers was an important issue in
the context of promotion of human rights protection, which has direct
impacts on most people in the region.
To that end, she affirmed,
the Indonesian government continues to encourage member states of ASEAN
to resolve issues faced by legal instruments, to strengthen the
protection of the rights of migrant workers.
Indonesian government also proposed at the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting the
issuance of a "Joint Statement of ASEAN Foreign Affairs Ministers on
the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Migrant Workers." This
will provide political impetus to the settlement of legal instruments
problems regarding the protection of migrant workers in the ASEAN
In addition, Marsudi raised several other important
issues, such as the legal action taken against illegal fishing and
granting ASEAN membership to Timor-Leste.
government also asked for support from fellow ASEAN members regarding
its nomination as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for
the 2019-2020 period.
Marsudi attended the 48th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting, which was officially opened by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak.
In his opening speech, Razak emphasized that ASEAN was the most important regional organization in the Asia-Pacific region.