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Civil Society Proposal: ASEAN Framework Instrument on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers

— theme: Labour migration policy, Pre-employment and recruitment policies and practices, Rights and protection of migrants, Cooperation among multiple stakeholders
— country: Regional

Civil Society Proposal: ASEAN Framework Instrument on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers

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2020

The Task Force on ASEAN Migrant Workers (TF-AMW) launched an important resource book to achieve a comprehensive ASEAN agreement that will protect the rights of migrant workers. The book features the full text of the "Civil Society Proposal: ASEAN Framework Instrument on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers" that was formally proposed to the ASEAN Senior Labor Officials Meeting in Vientiane, Laos, in May 2009.

The TF-AMW ASEAN Civil Society proposal was drafted, reviewed, revised, and finalized in a bottom-up process of 8 national consultations and 7 regional consultations attended by the major trade union, NGO, and community-based organization networks in ASEAN in 2007-2008.

The book also features the full text of each of the final national consultations statements from Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. TF-AMW also included in the resource book key letters and statements made to ASEAN officials and national governments on various aspects of the ASEAN led process to fulfill the promise of the ASEAN Declaration on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers.

Senior ASEAN official Donald Tambunan wrote the introduction of the resource book, showing the ASEAN Secretariat’s support for processes like this to bring the involvement of ASEAN peoples in the organization. He said that “The development and publication of this document is yet more evidence of the strong interest of ASEAN civil society to promote the ASEAN Community building process. The ASEAN Secretariat therefore congratulates the TF-AMW for this effort. We would like to encourage the TF-AMW to continue its engagement with ASEAN through the consultation process on the protection and promotion of the rights of migrant workers at the national and regional levels.”

The  TF-AMW Civil Society Proposal: ASEAN Framework Instrument on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers was used as the core reference document at a break-through meeting of the ASEAN Forum on Migrant Labour, convened by the Thai Ministry of Labour on 30-31 July 2009 in Bangkok, which brought together officials of the ten ASEAN governments, and a full complement of trade union and NGO activists from throughout the region. The governments were highly receptive towards civil society’s proposal and this interest has continued ­ especially with reports that three governments on the drafting committee to develop the formal ASEAN agreement on the protection and promotion of the rights of migrant workers are now using the civil society Framework Instrument as an important reference document. The TF-AMW encourages the governments to develop their policies and agreement on migration using any and all of civil society’s proposals, and we urge civil society organizations to join the TF-AMW’s lobbying and advocacy efforts for adoption of the civil society proposal.

All across ASEAN, the TF-AMW has launched national coordinating committees to lead advocacy efforts focused on national government policy makers. These union leaders, NGOs, and community organization can now make use of this new campaign resource to educate their team members and serve as a reference for campaign-related materials. The year 2011 will be critical for bringing real protection to migrant workers in ASEAN ­ and the TF-AMW is ready to lead all civil society networks to make it happen!

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