Global Mobilisation for Migrant Rights, 1 May 2015

A group of migrants’ rights organisations has launched a campaign to promote a global mobilisation to support migrants’ rights on 1 May 2015 in the context of the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the UN Convention for the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families.

The objectives of the mobilisation, among others, are:

  • Demonstrate the diverse infringements of human rights that affect migrants, asylum seekers, and refugees—and their families—across the world.
  • Promote the effective ratification and/or implementation of the Convention for the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and their Families and Conventions 97 and 143 of the ILO.

The campaign is not being led by one or more specific organisations but by all persons and institutions interested in participating and joining this initiative, whether at the local, national, regional or global level. Therefore, some organisations have developed dissemination tools to bring together information about all of the activities that are carried within the framework of this campaign. Among them, the CDHUNLa – Programa Migración y Asilo have created a blog http://globalmobilizationmigrantsrights.blogspot.be (in Spanish: http://marchaglobalderechosmigrantes.blogspot.com).

Any organisation and/or individual who organises an activity is invited to share it. This will allow to bring greater global visibility to these actions, and also to promote and strengthen relationships between different actors who have as their common objective the effective guarantee of all human rights for all migrants. To see the Facebook event page, please click here.

18 December 2015 marks the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention that specifically guarantees the rights of all migrant workers and members of their families and that establishes, in certain areas, the principle of equality of treatment with nationals for all migrant workers and their families, regardless of their migration status.

The campaign responds, in part, to the massive mobilisations that took place in the United States on 1 May 2006 and has emerged as a necessity in light of the human rights violations of migrants and their families that are committed every day around the world. The idea for the campaign came out of an international meeting of migrants’ rights organisations held in Buenos Aires, Argentina in June 2014.

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