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Over 200 Indonesian migrant workers on death row

Publication Date : 01-03-2014


An official with Indonesia's foreign ministry says 248 Indonesian migrant workers are on death row abroad, with the ministry having secured the release of 176.

“Most of our migrant workers were involved in drug cases followed by quarrels with employers and counterparts,” said foreign ministry official Tatang Razak on Friday.

He promised the ministry would go all out in its attempts to secure the release of the migrants.

In many cases, the ministry has to coordinate with other institutions, including regional administrations, the manpower and transmigration ministry or the families of the migrant workers to release them from prison.

The government has made efforts to provide better protection for migrant workers abroad.

Earlier this month, the governments of Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to provide better working conditions for Indonesian workers in the kingdom.


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