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Events and activities

Principles and guidelines on the human rights protection of migrants in vulnerable situations within large and/or mixed movements
The Global Migration Group (GMG) Working Group on Human Rights and Gender Equality, co-chaired by OHCHR, is leading the development of a draft set of principles and guidelines, supported by practical guidance, on the human rights protection of migrants in vulnerable situations within large and/or mixed movements.

Protecting the human rights of migrants and refugees within large movements
In preparation for the General Assembly High-Level Meeting on Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants (19 September 2016), OHCHR and the Platform for International Cooperation for Undocumented Migrants (PICUM), in collaboration with the Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants and with the support of the Government of Switzerland, organized a number of strategic discussions to raise the profile of the human rights of migrants ahead of the General Assembly meeting, through engaging in multi-stakeholder dialogue on a range of issues related to protection and promotion of the human rights of all migrants in vulnerable situations and in large movements.

Shaping the public narrative on migration
On 21 April 2016, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) organized a one-day expert roundtable on the theme “Changing the public narrative on migration: promoting tolerance and confronting xenophobia against migrants”, to discuss the way that migrants and migration are being framed in the public narrative, and to examine possible collaborative efforts to re-frame the current toxic narrative on this issue.

Migrants in transit
OHCHR’s study on the situation of migrants in transit was presented to the 31st session of the Human Rights Council. On 14 March 2016, OHCHR organised a side-event to launch this study and explore the human rights situations of migrants in transit. The event was co-sponsored by the Governments of Mexico and Greece.

Promoting tolerance, dispelling myths, protecting rights
On the occasion of Human Rights Day and International Migrants’ Day, OHCHR organized a panel discussion on the theme of “Promoting tolerance, dispelling myths, protecting rights: an evidence-based conversation on migration”.

The human rights of migrant domestic workers in an irregular situation
The Global Action Programme on Migrant Domestic Workers and their Families seeks to promote the human and labour rights of migrant domestic workers worldwide by addressing the challenges that make migrant domestic workers particularly vulnerable to the risks of exploitation and abuse.

Launch of the Publication 'The Economic, Social and Cultural Rights of Migrants in an Irregular Situation, 11 March 2015
OHCHR launches its study, which draws together the legal content of the rights education, health, adequate housing, water and sanitation, food, social security and work and details the practical barriers that often prevent irregular migrants from enjoying these fundamental rights. It also highlights several good practices.

OHCHR's Recommended Principles and Guidelines on Human Rights at International Borders - launching events
With a view to translating the international human rights framework into practical border governance measures, OHCHR has developed a set of Recommended Principles and Guidelines on Human Rights at International Borders.

IMO High-Level Meeting to Address Unsafe Mixed Migration by Sea, 4-5 March 2015
On 4-5 March, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) hosted a High-Level Meeting to Address Unsafe Mixed Migration by Sea at IMO’s headquarters in London.

Expert consultation on Indicators on the Human Rights of Migrants, 8-9 April 2014
On 8 and 9 April, OHCHR, in collaboration with the World Bank’s Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development (KNOMAD), UNICEF, ILO, and Migrant Forum in Asia, held an expert meeting to develop a set of indicators on the human rights of migrants, particularly in relation to the rights to health, education, and decent work. The meeting gathered more than 50 experts, including human rights and migration experts, statistical experts, local and national government representatives, and civil society organisations with expertise in data collection.

Human Rights Council. High-level Panel discussion on human rights mainstreaming, 4 March 2014
In the context of the 25th session of the Human Rights Council, the high-level panel on human rights mainstreaming focused on "the protection and promotion of the human rights of migrants".  Read the Opening statement of the High Commissioner to the Human Rights Council Annual High-level Panel on Human Rights Mainstreaming

High-Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development

High-Level Meeting on Migration and Human Rights, 4 September 2013
OHCHR organised a high-profile meeting in advance of the High-Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development in order to raise awareness of the human rights of migrants and to advocate for mainstreaming a human rights-based approach within all four round table discussions of the HLD.

OHCHR Expert consultation on Human Rights, Migration and Governance, 20-21 June 2013
Leading up to the High-Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development, OHCHR carried out a series of events and activities in order to ensure that human rights were kept at the centre of all deliberations of the HLD. On 20-21 June 2013, OHCHR organised an expert meeting on migration, human rights and governance. More than fifty participants engaged in this discussion, including representatives from Global Migration Group agencies, human rights mechanisms, Member States, regional organisations, international and regional non-governmental organisations, trade unions and academia.

OHCHR Expert consultation of Human Rights at International Borders: Exploring Gaps in Policy and Practice, 22-23 March 2012
On 22-23 March 2012, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), in cooperation with the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW), held an expert meeting on the subject of “Human Rights at International Borders: Exploring Gaps in Policy and Practice”. The aim of the expert meeting was to explore the human rights situation of migrants at international borders as well as the need for enhanced human rights guidance in this respect. 30 experts from academia, Member States, the human rights mechanisms, UN agencies and Global Migration Group agencies, regional organisations, civil society and non-governmental organisations identified human rights concerns as well as normative and practical gaps in the protection of migrants at international borders The experts also discussed strategies that could be useful in filling such gaps, including the need for authoritative human rights guidance in regard to international borders.

OHCHR Study on children working and/or living on the street
In its resolution 16/12 adopted on 24 March 2011 the Human Rights Council invited the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to conduct a study on challenges, lessons learnt and best practices in a holistic, child rights and gender-based based approach to protect and promote the rights of children working and/or living on the street, including practices in the collection of disaggregated data and experiences on access to child friendly counselling, complaint and reporting mechanisms to protect the rights of children living and/or working on the streets.

OHCHR-UNHCR Global Roundtable on Alternatives to Detention, 11-12 May 2011
On 11 and 12 May 2011, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) organized the first Global Roundtable on Alternatives to Detention (ATD) of Asylum-Seekers, Refugees, Migrants and Stateless Persons in Geneva. The Roundtable concluded that there is no empirical evidence that immigration detention deters irregular migration, and urged States to explore alternatives to such detention.

OHCHR consultation on challenges and best practices in the implementation of the international framework for the protection of the rights of the child in the context of migration, May 2010
Through resolution 12/6 of the Human Rights Council, the Office of the High Commissioner was asked “to prepare a study on challenges and best practices in the implementation of the international framework for the protection of the rights of the child in the context of migration”. In order to provide input to this study, OHCHR hosted a consultation on protection of the rights of the child in the context of migration on 25 May 2010 in Geneva.