Foreign Ministry to Cooperate with JWB to Protect Migrant Workers

Sonya Michaella    •    19 Desember 2017 16:47 WIB
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Foreign Ministry to Cooperate with JWB to Protect Migrant Workers
Indonesian migrant workers (Photo:Antara/Reno Esnir)

Jakarta: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Kemenlu) will cooperate with non-profit organization Justice Without Border (JWB) to protect Indonesian migrant workers.

The coooperation agreement was officially signed in Central Jakarta on Monday. The initial proposal has been discussed by Kemenlu and JWB since last year.

At the signing ceremony, Kemenlu was represented by the ministry's director general for protocol and consular affairs Andri Hadi. Meanwhile, JWB was represented by the organization's executive director Douglas Maclean. 

According to the cooperation agreement, JWB will provide free legal assistance for troubled Indonesian migrant workers in Singapore and Hong Kong. Furthermore, JWB will carry out capacity building programs for Indonesian officials in the two countries.

"Big legal cases will still be handled by local lawyers who are directly recruited by Indonesian representatives" the ministry's director for the protection of Indonesian nationals and legal entities abroad Lalu Muhammad Iqbal said.

Accoding to the government data, there are around 150 thousand Indonesian migrant workers in Hong Kong. On the other hand, there are around 70 thousand Indonesian migrant workers in Singapore.