19th Annual Meeting of the Asia Pacific Parliamentary Forum
23-27 January 2011
Resolution on Protection of the Rights of Migrant Workers
(Sponsored by Indonesia)
THE NINETEENTH ANNUAL MEETING OF THE ASIA-PACIFIC PARLIAMENTARY FORUM:
Recalling the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 10 December 1948 and other relevant international instruments related to the protection and promotion of human rights;
Recalling that the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families and the International Labour Organization (ILO) Conventions 97, 143 and 151 established a broad legal framework for migrant protection;
Further recalling the Resolution No. APPF/RES/19 on Treatment and Protection of Migrant Workers which was adopted at the 16th Annual Meeting of the APPF;
Deeply concerned with the precarious conditions faced by migrant workers such as human rights abuses, discrimination, low paying and low status jobs and ignored labour;
Acknowledging the contribution of migrant workers to the economy of both receiving and sending states and their share to the development and prosperity of the region;
- Call upon all APPF Member Countries to promote comprehensive legislative, administrative and other necessary measures to enhance the protection of the rights of migrant workers including the promotion of fair and appropriate employment protection, payments of wages and adequate access to decent working and living conditions for migrant workers.
- Urge the APPF Member Countries to provide adequate access to the legal and judicial system as well as resources and remedies to the victims of human rights abuses, discrimination, low paying and low status jobs and ignored labour.
- Further urge the APPF Member Countries to enforce domestic laws which are equally applicable to migrant workers and citizens who violate the laws.
- Request the sending countries to provide migrant workers with adequate skills and knowledge in order to be able to fulfill their task and understand the prevailing laws and culture in the receiving countries.
- Further request the APPF Member Parliaments to conduct research and comparative surveys of national regulations, legislations and measures in their respective countries and to share their best practices in the protection of migrant workers in the next annual meeting of APPF.