UN summit: PICUM to urge for stronger commitments to all migrants’ rights

The UN General Assembly hosts a high-level summit on 19 September 2016 in New York to address large movements of refugees and migrants, with the aim of bringing countries together behind a more humane and coordinated approach.

Live streaming of the summit is available here and here.

The Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM) has joined civil society representatives from around the world to urge the United Nations and governments to make stronger commitments to all migrants’ rights.

Photo: PICUM Director, Michele LeVoy (center), joined by Daniela Reale of Save the Children (left) and Catherine Tactaquin of the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, nnirr (right).

A group of civil society organisations jointly published a statement and score-card, entitled “Rising to the challenge: world leaders need to urgently adopt solutions for refugees and migrants beyond the UN Summit”. The score-card puts the New York Declaration to the test. Organisations can fill in this form to be still be listed as a signatory to the statement and score card.

The Global Coalition on Migration (GCM) will hold the event “Speak out for Dignity and Decent Work for Migrants and Refugees” on 20 September. As a member of GCM, PICUM’s Director, Michele LeVoy, also participated in two press briefings. For more information, click here.

PICUM will also hold a joint side event on 20 September with the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), entitled “Protecting Human Rights in the Context of Large Movements of Migrants and Refugees”.

The Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, François Crépeau, who is attending the summit, published a joint statement with other UN human rights experts calling for the development of a human rights-based framework for migration when developing the global compacts on refugees and migration. The Special Rapporteur’s press release is available here.

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