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Spotlight on human rights of migrants in wake of Calais camp eviction

Spotlight on human rights of migrants in wake of Calais camp eviction

Human rights of migrants in transit along France’s northern coast must be a priority, says UN Human Rights Office.
16 December 2016
Stand up for migrants

Stand up for migrants' rights in commemoration of Migrants Day

A series of stories and videos offers a glimpse into the human rights situation and experiences of migrants in transit.
16 December 2016
Detention of migrants in Libya is a human rights crisis

Detention of migrants in Libya is a human rights crisis

Thousands of migrants in Libya are being detained under inhumane conditions, beaten and tortured, according to a new UN report.
15 December 2016
Making cities the engine for rights-based, sustainable growth

Making cities the engine for rights-based, sustainable growth

As the primary destination for millions of migrants and refugees, cities around the world must play a key role in ensuring their equal access to housing as a basic human right.
28 October 2016
Nauru’s migrant dead end

Nauru’s migrant dead end

Over 1,100 migrants, including refugees, who have fled persecution in their home countries for a brighter future in Australia, are now living in offshore camps and refugee settlements on Nauru with little hope for relocation to another country.
30 September 2016
Child migrants’ future in Italy “must not depend on luck”

Child migrants’ future in Italy “must not depend on luck”

As Italy sees growing numbers of unaccompanied child migrants arrive on its shores, it is crucial that the country harmonises and monitors the way they are cared for, a team from the UN Human Rights Office says.
9 August 2016
Italy’s migrant hotspot centres raise legal questions

Italy’s migrant hotspot centres raise legal questions

Migrants rescued at sea are often taken to “hotspot” registration centres but detaining them at these centres has provoked concerns in Italy, a UN Human Rights Office monitoring team finds.
2 August 2016
Migrants cling to dreams as they await uncertain future

Migrants cling to dreams as they await uncertain future

“I ask that God helps me to go to school.” UN Human Rights Office monitoring mission hears stories of despair and hope from migrants in Italy waiting to see what will happen to them.
25 July 2016
Security at forefront as Italian island receives migrants

Security at forefront as Italian island receives migrants

The arrival of migrants at the “hotspot” on the Italian island of Lampedusa highlights the need to protect the human rights of often traumatised people.
18 July 2016
Migrants voices: We are not criminals

Migrants voices: We are not criminals

“I hope there is an amnesty for the illegal migrants, just because for me I am not a criminal...,” said Eladet Arcade a domestic migrant worker, who shared her experience at a recent panel discussion on migration and promoting tolerance.
18 December 2015
Migrants need protection, not push-backs

Migrants need protection, not push-backs

The plight of thousands of migrants attempting to make their way to safety and dignity needs global attention and effort, said UN High Commission for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein. Zeid made his remarks during an interactive dialogue on the human rights of migrants which took place during the 29th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva.
18 June 2015
Migrants deserve respect, safety and dignity

Migrants deserve respect, safety and dignity

In a joint statement issued to commemorate International Migrants’ Day, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein and International Labour Organization Director Guy Ryder called on States to recognize that true sustainable development can only be achieved by ensuring that human rights and labour rights form the cornerstone of fair migration policies.
18 December 2014
Human rights protection challenges affecting migrants at sea

Human rights protection challenges affecting migrants at sea

UN Human Rights Chief, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, and other heads of UN agencies call on the global community to respect the human rights of migrants at sea.
11 December 2014
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.
18 December 2013
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.
23 October 2013
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.
4 September 2013
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.
29 July 2013
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.
22 July 2013
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.
4 July 2013
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.
10 April 2012
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.
20 December 2011
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.
20 September 2011
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.
4 August 2011
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.
20 May 2011
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.
12 May 2011
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
28 December 2010
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.”
21 September 2010