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Values we all share in migrant voices that long to be heard
Values we all share in migrant voices that long to be heard
The UN Human Rights Office launches an animated video series that gives a voice to people on the move and aims to change an often harmful public narrative on migration.
18 December 2017
Protecting the human rights of migrants at Europe
Protecting the human rights of migrants at Europe's borders
States' responses to newcomers at their borders and in transit must uphold international human rights standards to protect the rights of all migrants across Europe.
1 November 2017
Report on the human rights of migrants at Europe
Report on the human rights of migrants at Europe's borders
In a new report, the UN Human Rights Office calls on European States to prioritize the human rights of migrants in response to the arrival of newcomers in border areas and in transit across Europe.
1 November 2017
Losing your land to climate change
Losing your land to climate change
Climate change threatens the very existence of Kiribati and other small island states in the Pacific. “If we have to migrate because of climate change, we will have no land to return to. We don’t want to lose our fundamental rights – if our country goes under water because of climate change,” says Kiribati youth activist Rae Bainteiti.
23 October 2017
Migrants face border closures and exclusion, amid rising hostility
Migrants face border closures and exclusion, amid rising hostility
Rights defenders joined the UN Human Rights Office in calling on the Human Rights Council to strengthen protections for migrants and support development of a rights-based global compact for migration.
19 April 2017
UN migration summit must consider internally displaced persons – UN expert
UN migration summit must consider internally displaced persons – UN expert
UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons, Chaloka Beyani, says that the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants will be incomplete without addressing the plight of internally displaced persons.
9 September 2016
Human rights experts: Unchecked atmosphere of anti-migrant discourse results in abuses
Human rights experts: Unchecked atmosphere of anti-migrant discourse results in abuses
Anti-migrant vigilante actions flourish as a result of impunity for xenophobic and racist public calls, including from the highest level.
5 September 2016
Imprisoned, detained and insecure: the human rights of migrants in Bulgaria come under scrutiny
Imprisoned, detained and insecure: the human rights of migrants in Bulgaria come under scrutiny
UN Human Rights officials have expressed concern over the detention of migrants who irregularly cross into Bulgaria. Under current legislation, those caught face criminal prosecution and even jail.
24 August 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
Migrant children face grim human rights conditions in Greece
Migrant children face grim human rights conditions in Greece
During a recent monitoring mission on the situation of migrants and refugees in Greece, the UN Human Rights Office met with migrant children and found serious violations to their human rights.
13 May 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