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Changing the debate on migration through art

Changing the debate on migration through art

On the occasion of International Migrants Day, the UN Human Rights Office and the International Labour Organization launch a series of cartoons to challenge myths and encourage a positive public perception of migration.
Demystifying migration: giving a voice to millions

Demystifying migration: giving a voice to millions

“We urgently need to demystify migration and present a more accurate picture of contemporary migration,” said UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay during the 2013 High-Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development, held at the United Nations in New York.
Migration:  human stories that mirror rising global inequalities

Migration: human stories that mirror rising global inequalities

In the lead-up to a summit on migration at the UN General Assembly in New York, Pillay urges a switch in approach by policy makers from one which frames the movement of millions annually as an economic and political phenomenon to one which is based on universal agreement that every person is entitled to the full range of human rights.
Lebanon: a Code of Conduct to recruit migrant domestic workers

Lebanon: a Code of Conduct to recruit migrant domestic workers

A newly-lunched Code of Conduct provides guidance to recruiting agencies on promoting and protecting the rights of migrant domestic workers in Lebanon.
EU border management: protecting the rights of migrants

EU border management: protecting the rights of migrants

The Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants reported on the result of a one year study on EU management to the HRC at the 23rd Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva.
Migrant workers: their right to health care

Migrant workers: their right to health care

The Special Rapporteur on the right to health says many of the more than a hundred million migrants who leave their countries every year have little or no access to medical help of any kind.
Crossing borders: for millions of people on the move, borders can be a dangerous space

Crossing borders: for millions of people on the move, borders can be a dangerous space

Land, sea and air borders are increasingly dangerous places for migrants, particularly those in irregular situations who commonly experience discrimination, violence and dangerous interception practices.
Human rights are not a matter of charity

Human rights are not a matter of charity

Calling on all States to ratify the Convention on Migrant Workers, UN Human Rights chief Navi Pillay says human rights are not a matter of charity or a reward for obeying immigration rules.
In limbo – hundreds of thousands forced to flee North Africa

In limbo – hundreds of thousands forced to flee North Africa

UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay urges action to protect the thousands of migrants who have fled the upheavals in North Africa.
The dangerous journey of migrants through Mexico

The dangerous journey of migrants through Mexico

Many migrants coming from or passing through Mexico, become victims of smugglers, corrupt authorities, crime gangs, organ thieves, drug cartels, human traffickers and kidnappers.
Protecting the rights of young migrants

Protecting the rights of young migrants

As more young people migrate in search of hope and opportunity abroad, protection of their human rights becomes a major concern.
Managing migration while respecting human rights law

Managing migration while respecting human rights law

UN Human Rights chief, Navi Pillay reminds States that, while they are entitled to manage migration, they must do this in full respect of their obligations under human rights law.
Standing up for the rights of migrant domestic workers

Standing up for the rights of migrant domestic workers

A UN treaty body responsible for monitoring and protecting the rights of migrant workers steps up the pressure for recognition of the particular vulnerabilities of domestic migrant workers
Urgent need to protect the rights of migrant children

Urgent need to protect the rights of migrant children

A new study by the United Nations Human Rights office has identified “serious protection gaps for migrant children in every region of the world.”