ASEAN KEY DESTINATIONS
Cambodia to protect migrant labor
A draft law to protect migrant workers and better regulate the labour recruitment industry has been finalised, a Labour Ministry official announced yesterday.
Speaking at a workshop in the capital that focused on strengthening migrant workers' rights in the ASEAN region, Nhem Kimhuoy said Labour Minister Vong Soth had recently signed the sub-decree, which he said improved and expanded on regulations first introduced in 1995.
"We have to protect migrant workers like other workers," he said. "This afternoon, I will send a sub-decree that helps to promote workers' rights to the Council of Ministers."
Though he did not spell out all of the sub-decree's stipulations, he said it would require recruitment companies to deposit US$100,000 with the ministry that could be used to assist workers sent abroad "when problems occurred".
The workshop, which was attended by government officials and representatives of about 20 NGOs, came one day after the rights group Adhoc said it had received 28 complaints from women who claimed to have been abused while working as domestic servants in Malaysia, a figure that activists said marked a sharp increase over previous years.
The workers said they had experienced violence, poor working and living conditions, and illegal detention.
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