Monday, 17 June 2019 | 12:00 WIB

House Urges Govt to Stop Sending Workers to Countries with Low Human Rights Protection

Member of House Commission I Charles Honoris

JAKARTA, NNC - Indonesia once again lost one of its foreign exchange heroes, namely Tuti Tursilawati, Indonesian migrant worker who had just been executed by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on Monday (10/29/2018).

Responding to this, Member of Commission I of the House of Representatives Charles Honoris asked the government to continue the moratorium on the sending of Indonesian workers to troubled countries, especially countries whose protection of human rights was low.

"Continue the moratorium on sending migrant workers to troubled countries," Charles said in a discussion on Democracy Dialectics with the theme: "Long List of Indonesian Migrant Workers Sentenced to Death" at the Parliament Complex, Jakarta, Thursday (11/1).

Charles continued he suggested the Indonesian government no longer needs to send Indonesian migrant workers to destination countries whose human rights protection is very low, like Saudi Arabia.

Charles claimed to fully support the moratorium on sending Indonesian migrant workers to 21 countries that had been issued by President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo in 2015 to be issued again.

"This must be continuously done so that there is no longer sending of Indonesian migrant workers to countries where protection of human rights is still weak including Saudi Arabia and 21 countries included in the Jokowi's government moratorium program," said he Member of House Commission I from PDI Perjuangan faction.

He hoped that the Indonesian government would see what had happened so far, namely to encourage the destination countries of Indonesian migrant workers, especially in the Middle East, to be able to have strong regulations related to the protection of migrant workers.

According to him, if a country does not have strong regulations in protecting human rights against domestic workers, the government may no longer send migrant workers to the destination country.

"When it comes to diplomacy in international law, the government of Saudi Arabia has violated diplomatic ethics and international custom law such as the Vienna Convention in 1963 which has become the custom of the international community if a government will execute a citizen in a country, it has been a convention to notify the concerned country," he added.