ASEAN leaders signed agreement on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers on Tuesday, Filipinotimes reported.
The document is aimed to strengthen social protection, access to justice, humane and fair treatment and access to health services for migrants.
The agreement provides visitation rights by family members, prohibition of passport confiscation, , and overcharging of placement or recruitment fees, protection against violence and sexual harassment in the workplace, workers’ right to fair and appropriate remuneration and benefits and their right to join trade unions and association.
The 31st ASEAN summit and related events were held in the Philippines from 10 to 14 November. ASEAN includes 10 countries: Brunei, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar, their total population is more than 600 million people. The association's aim is cooperation in the economic, social, cultural and other fields, as well as consolidation of peace and stability in South-East Asia.