Jakarta, IO – The National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM) coordinator for the promotion of human rights Anis Hidayah stated that 325,477 Indonesian citizens (WNI), the majority of them migrant workers, can potentially be stateless in Malaysia.
“The Indonesian Consulate General found that many of those live in the state of Sabah, namely 151,979 in Kinabalu and 173,498 in Tawau,” said Anis, reported CNN Indonesia, Monday (19/12).
Thus, Komnas HAM urged the government to form a special team to address this problem by establishing strategic partnerships with relevant ministries and agencies to find practical solutions.
“The government should also partner with civil society in its efforts to protect migrant workers in accordance with human rights common standards,” said Anis.
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Komnas HAM, together with the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM) and the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines (CHRP) have signed a memorandum of understanding to resolve this matter in April 23, 2019. (un)