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ASEAN parliamentarians call for binding legislation to protect immigrants

The ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) group called on the countries of the region today to draw up a binding treaty to protect the labor rights of workers. immigrants, following the adoption last week of a Consensus on this matter during the annual ASEAN summit.

Jakarta, Nov 24 (EFE). - The ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) group today called on the countries of the region to elaborate a binding treaty to protect human rights. immigrant labor rights, following the adoption last week of a Consensus on this matter during the annual ASEAN summit.

"This Consensus fails to comply with the basic criteria that we, together with many civil organizations, have been demanding: a legally binding document that grants real protections "said the Filipino parliamentarian of APHR Teddy Baguilat, in a statement.

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is made up of Burma, Brunei, Cambodia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, countries that together have a population of 620 million inhabitants.

APHR praised the Consensus for the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers, signed in Manila, which among other things covers the right to visit the family in the country of origin, prohibits the confiscation of passports or regulates the intermediaries.

However, the group lamented the clauses of the text that subject the commitments of the Consensus to the laws, rules and regulations of each country since "it allows them not to adhere to critical provisions, "said Baguilat.

The group has criticized numerous times the principle of non-interference by ASEAN because it considers that it limits the ability of protection of the human rights of its members.

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