Protect Human Rights of Irregular Migrants
“It is historic that today, all members of the Global Migration Group, which include 12 UN agencies, the World Bank and International Organization for Migration speak out in one voice for the protection of the human rights of all migrants, particularly those who are caught in an irregular situation,” High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay and Chair of the Global Migration Group (GMG) told the press on 30 September. “This is our response to the global trend to confine migration policies solely within the narrow context of security and border control. This is a reminder that, while States are entitled to regulate movement across their borders, they must do so in accordance with their obligations under international law, including international human rights law.”
“Our collective voice in reaffirming this principle has never been more needed. By adopting the joint statement, we seek to give voice to a group of people who are among the most voiceless and vulnerable,” Pillay said after the GMG adopted a landmark statement strongly calling for the protection of the human rights of irregular migrants across the globe.
The statement is on line at http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=10396&LangID=E