Institute for Migrant Rights
The treatment of migrants within Indonesia, particularly trafficked sex workers and domestic workers, is a growing human rights issue in the region. However, the traditional models of advocacy that predominate have produced very limited results in terms of actual government protection for this population. This initiative is aimed at enriching the existing approaches by enlisting international fora to address the deplorable situation of migrant workers in Indonesia and elsewhere. This undertaking will also bring to light the best-practices that are rapidly coming to the fore as a result of the recently in force UN Convention that protects migrant workers, particularly in the area of the administration of justice. The publication of abuses of migrant rights to the international community would also expand awareness of the problem and facilitate the dedication of more technical support to address it. In addition, the initiative would further the acceptance of human rights norms in Indonesia, since it could make public the benefits of the international human rights regime.
Despite its locality, the initiative will introduce the Indonesian public as being part of a global community rather than resist it. The resistance toward globalization is considerably felt widespread among local public figures. This situation can be remedied by introducing something that shows them the practical benefits of the globalization itself. Mostly, the existing initiative has failed to link the international law and human rights. International mechanisms has rarely been used or considered neither by the activists or scholars. Therefore, the initiative will be a pioneer in exploring the international law for the benefits of individuals. And it will also be useful to the migrant workers, mostly the low income migrant sex worker and Indonesian migrant workers, who couldn’t access the luxury of the international law. Additionally, the aspiration of these low-income workers can also be heard by the international community that in turn will urge them to respond in appropriate ways.Therefore, the initiative will serve as a bridge between the aspiration of locals and the applicable international norms.
Every decision that is taken reflects the representation of women in the Institute. Therefore, every effort is putting significant more emphasis on addressing the peculiarity of the women’s conditions by focusing on the situation of female Indonesian domestic workers and foreign sex workers in Indonesia. Recently, the Institute have also adopting the policy of affirmative action by placing women, at least one, in the board of directors as mandatory. In addition, the Institute is also placing particular emphasis on the contribution of ethnic minorities in every project.See more