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Committee on Rights of Migrant Workers publishes findings on Bangladesh, Jamaica and Nigeria

GENEVA (19 April 2017) – The UN Committee on the Rights of Migrant Workers (CMW) has published findings on the countries it examined during its latest session from 3 to13 April: Bangladesh, Jamaica and Nigeria. 

They are among the 51 States Parties to the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families. As such, they are required to submit regular reports to the Committee, which is composed of 14 international independent human rights experts.  

The findings, officially termed concluding observations, contain positive aspects of how the respective State is doing with regard to implementation of the Convention and also main matters of concern and recommendations.  

The concluding observations can be found here.  

The CMW will next meet from 4 to 13 September 2017 when members will review Ecuador, Indonesia and Mexico. 

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For more information and media requests, please contact Bradford Smith (+ 41 22 917 93 35 / bsmith@ohchr.org) or Liz Throssell (+41 22 917 94 66 / ethrossell@ohchr.org)  

Background 

What is the Committee on Migrant Workers? 

CMW is a body of independent experts drawn from around the world, who serve in their personal capacity and not as representatives of States parties. The Committee monitors implementation of the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families by its State parties.  

What is the Convention and why is it important? 

The Convention provides a set of international standards to address (a) the treatment, welfare and rights of migrant workers and members of their families and (b) the obligations and responsibilities of States involved. These include sending States, States of transit, and host States, all of which benefit from the international migration of workers.  

The Convention is important because it seeks to play a role in preventing and eliminating the exploitation of all migrant workers and members of their families throughout the entire migration process. In particular, it helps prevent illegal or clandestine recruitment and trafficking of migrant workers. 

For more information about the UN Committee on Migrant Workers go here.  

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