In his report to the General Assembly, the Special Rapporteur focused on the inextricable link between racism and poverty, stressing that the continued socio-economic vulnerability of minorities is frequently the result of historical legacies, such as the impact of slavery and colonization, and state-sponsored discrimination. These historical imbalances continue to profoundly affect discriminated groups, causing successive generations to inherit the disadvantages of their predecessors.
"Discrimination based on racial, religious, ethnic, linguistic and also socio-economic factors exacerbates the vulnerability of these persons and groups", Mr. Ruteere said. "The lack of participation of such groups in decision-making processes is also often the result of historical legacies".
Discriminated groups, such as Afro-descendants, indigenous peoples, Roma, Dalits and migrants are especially affected by the different manifestations of poverty in the areas of economic and social rights such as education, adequate housing, and health care, as well as other rights including the right to work in just conditions, social security, food and water. […]
During the presentation of his latest report to the UN General Assembly in New York, Mr. Crépeau voiced concern that States continue to attempt to govern migration largely on a unilateral basis. "The lack of transparency and accountability of several of these governance processes may have a negative impact on the human rights of migrants", he said.
In his report, the expert explores the need for better global migration governance and a strengthened institutional framework. Such a system should be UN-based, and must have as one of its key priorities the human rights of migrants, he said. "Migrants should always be seen first and foremost as human beings with human rights, rather than agents for development", he stressed. […]
Migrants are too often regarded as commodities or economic and political problems instead of human beings, a UN Committee has said in an appeal to all countries to join an international treaty that protects the rights of migrant workers.
"The International Convention on the Rights of Migrant Workers and their Families (ICRMW) is one of the core international human rights treaties", said Chairperson Abdelhamid El Jamri on behalf of the Committee on the Rights of Migrant Workers (CMW).
"Ratifying this treaty does not commit States to giving migrant workers special treatment. It does not create new rights nor establish additional rights specifically for migrant workers. What it does do is give specific form to standards that protect all human beings so that they are meaningful within the context of migration”, said Mr. El Jamri.
Changing patterns of migration and the exploitation and discrimination faced by migrant workers in sectors such as construction and agriculture have made protecting their rights more crucial than ever, he stressed. […]
"Migrants are human beings with human rights, not simply agents for economic development", the largest body of independent experts in the United Nations Human Rights system said on the eve of a crucial discussion on international migration and development, convened by the UN General Assembly in New York on 3 and 4 October 2013.
In an open letter to UN member States, the group of international human rights experts urged world governments and intergovernmental organisations to adopt a migrant-centred approach during the upcoming High-level Dialogue and beyond.
"Migration is in essence a fundamental human phenomenon, so it is essential for discussions on international migration to be focused on human rights", human rights expert Chaloka Beyani said on behalf the group of 72 independent experts charged by the UN Human Rights Council to address specific country situations and thematic issues in all parts of the world.
Mr. Beyani called on States to discuss, among others, key issues like the decriminalization of irregular entry and stay; the move away from detention as a tool in addressing irregular migration, and the development of alternatives to detention; how to combat xenophobia and xenophobic violence against migrants; and the rights of migrant children, both in countries of transit and destination. […]
The Committee on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families today concluded its nineteenth session. […]
During the session the Committee had held meetings to discuss its methods of work and treaty-body strengthening processes, and also held a meeting with United Nations bodies and specialized agencies. At the beginning of the week the session was opened by United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Flavia Pansieri, who spoke about violations of the rights of irregular migrant workers and stressed that the post-2015 development agenda had to recognize migrants not just as a force for development but also as right-holders. […]