ERIC Number: ED340554
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-May
Reference Count: N/A
Proclaiming Migrants Rights. The New International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families. Churches' Committee for Migrants in Europe Briefing Papers No. 3.
World Council of Churches, Geneva (Switzerland).
In December 1990, the United Nations General Assembly approved the new International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families. This international agreement broadly defines the rights of migrant workers and their families and offers some means to review the compliance of nations in upholding these rights. This illustrated booklet contains three articles about the agreement and is intended to stimulate the campaign for adoption by 20 member nations necessary for ratification. "The Origins and Importance of the Convention," by Shirley Hune, describes migrants as an unprotected, frequently exploited population; reviews the compromises and dilemmas of the drafting process; and outlines highlights of the agreement. In "A Brief Guide to the Text," Patrick Taran presents an abstract of the agreement's preamble and each of its 93 articles. These include scope and definitions of the convention; the extension of fundamental human rights as elaborated in other U.N. instruments to all migrant workers; establishment of the principle of equality of treatment (as compared to the treatment of nationals) for all migrant workers and their families with regard to court litigation, employment, and access to education for their children; and placement of the responsibilities for protection of human rights on sending, receiving, and transit states. "Church Action for Migrant Rights," by Jan Niessen, describes advocacy efforts by church groups on behalf of the agreement, discusses ways in which international conventions can be used to defend migrant rights on a national level, and outlines other existing international agreements on migration. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: World Council of Churches, Geneva (Switzerland).