Indonesia to enact migrant worker law this year: minister

15:16, April 11, 2011      

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Ratification of the migrant worker law that will provide more protection for them is expected to be finished this year, a minister said on Monday.

Linda Amalia Sari Gumelar, Minister for Women Empowerment and Children Protection, told reporters that the parliament is in the process of revising the Law No 39/2004 about migrant worker placement and protection.

"The protection side in the law must be fortified as there is a small portion about it, especially for women. The existing law only says that pregnant women could not be migrant workers. That' s all," said Gumelar.

Whereas, she said, the law must adjust things related to migrant worker protection and their families.

"Hopefully, we could enact the law as soon as possible, maybe this year. However, we have other laws covering the matters but they do not cover them thoroughly," said Gumelar.

She also said that the parliament is working hard on the revision.

Source: Xinhua
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