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 Migrant worker in Kathmandu, Nepal
Many people see migration as the only way to improve their financial situation, especially for low-skilled workers, according to François Crépeau, UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants
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Migrant workers: living in the shadows

On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the entry into force of the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families, a special UN Human Rights Office event in Geneva focused on workplace exploitation and protection for migrants.
 
“Many migrants, particularly those in an irregular situation, often live and work in the shadows, afraid to complain, denied rights and freedoms that we take for granted and disproportionately vulnerable to discrimination and marginalization,” says UN Human Rights Deputy Chief Flavia Pansieri.


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 A Yemeni child appears in court to prosecute her father for making her marry a 30-year-old-man, in Sana'a, Yemen, 2008 © EPA/YAHYA ARHAB

Access to justice for children

“Access to justice is not only a fundamental right in itself, it is also a prerequisite for the protection and promotion of all other human rights,” said the UN Human Rights Deputy, Flavia Pansieri.



 Relatives of the victims of the Rwanda genocide paying their last respects, in Murambi, Rwanda, 2005 © EPA/RICKY GARE

Calling for urgent attention to prevent the ultimate crime

Sixty-five years after the adoption of the Genocide Convention, the first human rights treaty of the UN system, and the necessity of the Convention is still recognized.



Human Rights in the news

Halt further executions in Belarus
UN Special Rapporteur Miklós Haraszti urges the Belarusian authorities to impose an immediate moratorium on death sentences and to refrain from carrying out further executions

Visit to Cambodia
Deputy High Commissioner will visit Cambodia from 28 April to 2 May to review the human rights situation in the country and the efforts underway to improve it.

Persecution of Shi’a Muslims
“Bahrain should stop persecution of Shi’a Muslims and return its citizenship to their spiritual leader” - UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief Heiner Bielefeldt.

Own lives, own decisions
People with disabilities have the same rights as everyone to make decisions about their lives, a UN committee stresses in new guidelines on implementing the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Côte d’Ivoire / A call for consultations
UN expert Doudou Diène calls for broad consultations on the reform of the Independent Electoral Commission in Cote d’Ivoire “to prevent the country from falling back into crisis.”

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