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Advocating for the Rights of Indonesia’s Migrant Workers: A National Training Program

Millions of Indonesians migrate to work – to Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and to the Middle-East. Too many of these women and men experience denial and abuse of their rights. The Indonesian government can do more to ensure the rights of its migrant workers are respected, protected and fulfilled – before they leave, when they are overseas and when they return.

Effective civil society advocacy is critical to ensuring that governments fulfil their responsibilities to the human rights of migrant workers. The Diplomacy Training Program (DTP)in partnership with Migrant Forum in Asia (MFA), and SerikatBuruhMigran Indonesia (SBMI) is organizing a special year-long capacity building program on the human righs of migrant workers. The program is divided into 5 modules with participants representing migrant workers, migrants rights advocates, and members of Indonesian NGOs/ CSOs. The first module of the program was held from 28 June to 1 July 2018.

The program is the fifth in a series of programs that have previously been held in Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Malaysia. Successful applicants to the program will be involved in the development of the program to ensure that it meets their needs and respond to the specific challenges in Indonesia.

The 5 module program in Indonesia will be developed with participants and will include the following:

  • Knowledge of Indonesia’s legal and policy frameworks governing labour migration
  • Knowledge of international human rights standards relevant to migrant workers, including theInternational
  • Convention on the Rights of Migrant Workers and their Families
  • Knowledge of the UN’s human rights monitoring and accountability mechanisms and understanding of how
  • to integrate these into advocacy strategies
  • knowledge of new and emerging global frameworks and processes including the Global Compact on Safe Migration; the Global Forum on Migration and Development; the Sustainable Development Goals; ASEAN and the ASEAN Consensus on Migrant Workers
  • Enhanced skills in strategic advocacy – including strategic analysis; influencing strategies; media skills; documentation
  • Alliance and network building

The first module focused on understanding the legal and policy framework governing labour migration in Indonesia, key issues and challenges faced by Indonesian migrant workers in the Middle East and ASEAN regions, and an Introduction to Human Rights of Migrant Workers and Responsibilities of Governments. The sessions on migrants’ human rights also discussed the role of human rights reporting in advocacy. The first module ended with participants developing an advocacy action plan for 2018-2019, identifying strategic areas for advocacy.

Please find below  photos from the program

 

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MFA is a regional network of non-government organizations (NGOs), associations and trade unions of migrant workers, and individual advocates in Asia who are committed to protect and promote the rights and welfare of migrant workers.

It is guided by a vision of an alternative world system based on respect for human rights and dignity, social justice, and gender equity, particularly for migrant workers.

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