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Migrants' rights: specific international and regional standards and mechanisms (texts)

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Title: Committee on Migrant Workers
Description/subject: Monitoring the protection of the rights of all migrant workers and members of their families...The Committee on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families (CMW) is the body of independent experts that monitors implementation of the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families by its State parties. It held its first session in March 2004. All States parties are obliged to submit regular reports to the Committee on how the rights are being implemented. States must report initially one year after acceding to the Convention and then every five years. The Committee will examine each report and address its concerns and recommendations to the State party in the form of “concluding observations”. The Committee will also, under certain circumstances, be able to consider individual complaints or communications from individuals claiming that their rights under the Convention have been violated once 10 States parties have accepted this procedure in accordance with article 77 of the Convention. At the moment, two States have accepted this procedure. The Committee meets in Geneva and normally holds two sessions per year. The Committee also organizes days of general discussion and can publish statements on themes related to its work and interpretations of the content of the provisions in the Convention (general comments).
Language: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish
Source/publisher: United Nations
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 24 February 2010


Title: International Labour Migration
Description/subject: Standards, links, documentation, database etc.
Language: English (Francais, French; Espanol, Spanish)
Source/publisher: International Labour Organisation
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 21 May 2005


Title: International Migration Law Database
Description/subject: International Instruments; Regional Instruments, National Instruments
Language: English
Source/publisher: International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 09 December 2010


Title: Special Rapporteur of the Human Rights Council on the human rights of migrants
Description/subject: "The mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants was created in 1999 by the Commission on Human Rights, pursuant to resolution 1999/44 . The mandate was extended for a further three years by the Commission on Human Rights in 2002, at its 58th session (Res. 2002/62 ). The Commission requested the Special Rapporteur to “examine ways and means to overcome the obstacles existing to the full and effective protection of the human rights of migrants, including obstacles and difficulties for the return of migrants who are undocumented or in an irregular situation”. The main functions of the Special Rapporteur are: (a) To request and receive information from all relevant sources, including migrants themselves, on violations of the human rights of migrants and their families; (b) To formulate appropriate recommendations to prevent and remedy violations of the human rights of migrants, wherever they may occur; (c) To promote the effective application of relevant international norms and standards on the issue; (d) To recommend actions and measures applicable at the national, regional and international levels to eliminate violations of the human rights of migrants; (e) To take into account a gender perspective when requesting and analyzing information, as well as to give special attention to the occurrence of multiple discrimination and violence against migrant women; In the discharge of these functions: (a) The Special Rapporteur acts on information submitted to her regarding alleged violations of the human rights of migrants by sending urgent appeals and communications to concerned Governments to clarify and/or bring to their attention these cases. See Individual Complaints. (b) The Special Rapporteur conducts country visits (also called fact-finding missions) upon the invitation of the Government, in order to examine the state of protection of the human rights of migrants in the given country. The Special Rapporteur submits a report of the visit to the Commission on Human Rights, presenting her findings, conclusions and recommendations. See Country Visits. (c) The Special Rapporteur participates in conferences, seminars and panels on issues relating to the human rights of migrants. (d) Annually, the Special Rapporteur, reports to the Commission on Human Rights about the global state of protection of migrants’ human rights, her main concerns and the good practices she has observed. In her report the Special Rapporteur informs the Commission of all the communications she has sent and the replies received from Governments. Furthermore, the Special Rapporteur formulates specific recommendations with a view to enhancing the protection of the human rights of migrants. Upon request of the Commission on Human Rights the Special Rapporteur may also present reports to the General Assembly."
Language: English, Francais, Espanol, Russian, Arabic, Chinese
Source/publisher: United Nations
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 20 May 2005


Individual Documents

Title: International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families
Date of publication: 18 December 1990
Description/subject: Adopted by General Assembly resolution 45/158 of 18 December 1990; sometimes called the "1990 Convention". Entered into force 1 July 2003. Neither Burma nor the main destination countries for Burmese migrants are party to the Convention (29 States Parties as of May 2005, all sending countries)
Language: English (French and Spanish available)
Source/publisher: United Nations
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: ILO Convention 143: Migrant Workers (Supplementary Provisions) Convention, 1975
Date of publication: 24 June 1975
Description/subject: Only 23 ratifications, of which only Sweden, Norway, Italy and Portugal are credible destinations for Burmese migrants.
Language: English (French and Spanish available)
Source/publisher: International Labour Office
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 23 May 2005


Title: ILO Convention 97: Migration for Employment Convention (Revised), 1949
Date of publication: 01 July 1949
Description/subject: 43 ratifications of which only Belgium, France, Germany,, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain and the UK are credible destinations for Burmese migrants.
Language: English (French and Spanish available)
Source/publisher: International Labour Office
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 23 May 2005