Promoting tolerance, dispelling myths, protecting rights
On the occasion of Human Rights Day and International Migrants’ Day 2015, OHCHR organized a panel discussion on the theme of “Promoting tolerance, dispelling myths, protecting rights: an evidence-based conversation on migration”.
The panel discussion was opened by the High Commissioner and included the participation of Volker Turk, UNHCR’s Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, Miltos Pavlou, from the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), and domestic workers, asylum seekers and refugees from the Philippines, Bolivia, Afghanistan and Sudan.
More than 150 participants attended the event, including representatives from Members States, UN agencies, NGOs, migrant associations, and migrants themselves.
OHCHR’s short documentary film I Am Not Here, on migrant domestic workers in an irregular situation, was shown at the event.
The discussion was broadcasted live on UN Web TV and is available at the following link.
This year’s International Migrants Day marked the 25th anniversary of the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families (ICMW). On this occasion, OHCHR and the ILO, along with other partners, also organised a global competition entitled "Reporting Fairly on Labour Migration" to recognize exemplary media coverage in accurate reporting of labour migration issues.
- Moderator, Jyoti Sanghera, Chief, OHCHR's Human Rights, Economic and Social Issues Section
- Opening statement, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, High Commissioner for Human Rights
- Eladet Arcade, Filipina migrant domestic worker
- Gulwali Passarlay, Afghan refugee, author of The Lightless Sky
- Silvia Mariño, Bolivian migrant domestic worker
- Mohammad Jadallah, Sudanese asylum-seeker, journalist