Human Rights must be at the core of the
future Global Compact on Migrations says GANHRI as first thematic consultations
on the new global migration framework opens in Geneva
GENEVA 8 MAY
2017 – The international human rights framework must be at the core of the new
global framework on migrants, GANHRI Special Envoy Florence Simbiri Jaoko has
urged as the first thematic session consultations on developing this new
framework is being launched in Geneva.
which is called Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and
Regular Migration and
is due to be adopted in 2018, will set out a range of principles and
commitments among governments to enhance coordination on international
Compact on Migration offers the opportunity to address the serious challenges
including human rights violations that migrants face. The process must,
therefore, recognize the universality of human rights, and the principle of
non-discrimination as enshrined in the UN human rights framework, including the
ILO conventions, as they apply to migrants at all points, transit, destination
and return by embracing the rights based approach” said Ms Simbiri-Jaoko
addressing the thematic session.
and security concerns should not be used to target and aggravate the plight of
already vulnerable migrants and we also need to ensure, in the spirit of UN, that
where migration is instigated by human rights violations, that countries of
origin are held accountable to the principles of the rule of law and
called on member states to implement the recommendation from the Durban
Declaration and Plan of Action to develop Action plans on Racism and
Xenophobia, that would give clarity to the fight against these practices and
their specific targeting of migrant communities. Consistent and deliberate actions against the
perpetrators of racism and xenophobia against migrants will enable states to
facilitate viable integration policies and programs.
that the Global Compact reaffirm the critical role that NHRIs established in compliance
to the Paris Principles play in monitoring state compliance to equality and non-discrimination through
their mandates of complaints handling, investigations, advising governments,
training and reporting to the national parliaments, regional and international
human rights systems; and to this end State parties should be encouraged to establish and or
strengthen Paris compliant NHRIs to
anchor the GC principles and values at the national level.
on the process of the development of the new framework, Ms Jaoko said that “There
is a need for the Global Compact process to be inclusive, transparent and
ensure meaningful participation by migrants and organizations working with
them, by ensuring their contributions to all stages of the process and by
reflecting their contributions in the final outcome documents.”
in the modalities resolution on the Global
Compact on Migration (Modalities Resolution - EN.pdf, Modalities Resolution - SP.pdf, Modalities Resolution - FR.pdf, Modalities Resolution - AR.pdf ) have specifically invited the active participation and contributions of GANHRI,
regional networks and Paris Princples compliant NHRIs at all stages of the
development of the new global framework on migration.
NHRI engagement in this process, GANHRI has set up a Task Force comprised of
the NHRIs of Germany as Chair, Morocco, the Philippines and Mexico.
Leading up to
the global consultations in Geneva, the NHRI of Morocco in partnership with the
Network of African NHRIs and the NHRI of Niger have held a regional consultation on the roles of NHRIs and their
contributions to the Global Compact process.
Full statements are
GANHRI Global Compact Statement on Human Rights and migrants.pdf
GANHRI Global Compact Statement on Equality and Non Discrimination.pdf
Ms. Katharina Rose
UNOG - Palais des Nations - Office B425
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