Human Rights Watch condemns Malaysia for selling out Indonesian domestic workers: On May 10, the two countries signed a Memorandum of Understanding that seeks to regulate recruitment procedures for the hundreds of thousands of Indonesians who migrate to Malaysia for work each year. One to two million Indonesian migrants work in Malaysia, and more than half of them do not have legal immigration status. Approximately 75 percent of legal migrants are women... "This migrant labor agreement misses the opportunity to protect the rights of those who need it most," said LaShawn R. Jefferson, executive director of the Women's Rights Division of Human Rights Watch. "Indonesian workers often encounter abuses at every stage of the migration cycle, but this accord treats them like tradable goods, with almost no guarantees for their rights." Abuses against Indonesian migrant workers—including unpaid wages, unsafe working conditions, restrictions on freedom of movement, and verbal and physical abuse—are rampant.


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