Bar: Non-binding Asean consensus on migrant workers a concern

Source: Free Malaysia Today

Free Malaysia Today

Source: Free Malaysia Today

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Bar says it is concerned that an agreement among the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) for its 10 member states to uphold foreign workers’ rights in their respective countries is not legally binding.

In a statement in conjunction with International Migrants Day today, its president George Varughese said the Bar welcomed the adoption of the Asean Consensus on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers on Nov 14.

“However, we are concerned that the Asean Consensus is non-binding, and implementation of the articles is subject to national laws, policy and regulations of Asean members states, which are, as they stand at present, inadequate to protect the rights of migrant workers in the region,” he said.  Read more

Affirm and Respect the Human Dignity of Migrant Workers – Steven Thiru

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Affirm and Respect the Human Dignity of Migrant Workers

On this International Migrants Day — which is observed on 18 December annually — the Malaysian Bar acknowledges and salutes the indefatigable spirit and courage of all migrant workers.

Malaysia hosts more than two million documented migrant workers, and a large number of undocumented migrants, estimated at between two million and five million persons.

The increasing number of migrant workers in Malaysia indicates that Malaysia remains a popular destination for migrant workers in the region who seek a better life for themselves and their families.  It is indisputable that migrant workers have contributed tremendously to the development of our economy. Read more