Organizers and Participants of Summer Institute on Migration and Human Rights Look Forward to Next Steps

Jakarta, 28 August 2013 — The Human Rights Resource Centre today issued its Synthesis Report from Summer Institute 2013, which focused on Migration and Human Rights. The week-long event, held from 12-16 August in Bali, included a 4-day intensive workshop with a total of 27 participants from 9 out of 10 ASEAN countries, predominantly including delegates or their representatives from the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR), the ASEAN Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC), the ASEAN Committee on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Migrant Workers (ACMW), as well as the ASEAN Secretariat itself.

The participant group considered the current challenges faced by ASEAN in ensuring that regional-level policy responses address the realities faced by migrants on the ground. Participants and faculty highlighted the key importance of ensuring greater coordination and collaboration amongst border agencies and between Ministries, as well as creating avenues through which the voices of migrants could inform policy-level discussions. At the regional level, greater coordination and collaboration among the AICHR, ACWC and ACMW on cross-cutting migrant issues was seen as the way forward. The creation of “Regional Guidelines for Safe Migration and Practical Actions” was suggested as a potential policy response to harness further cooperation among key actors. Findings from the 1-day event held at Udayana University following the workshop are also included in this report.

This event was proudly held in collaboration with Udayana University and the Asian International Justice Initiative (itself a collaboration between the University of California Berkeley’s War Crimes Studies Center and the East-West Center), in partnership with the University of Zurich’s Competence Center for Human Rights, and the International Institute for Child Rights and Development.

Read the SI2013 Synthesis Report.