GENEVA (31 August 2017) –The UN Committee on the Protection of the Rights of Migrant Workers and Members of their Families (CMW) is meeting in Geneva from 4 to 13 September to review: Ecuador, Indonesia and Mexico.
The above 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. They are required to submit regular reports to the Committee, which is composed of 14 international independent human rights experts.
The Committee will discuss a range of issues relating to the implementation of the Convention with the respective government delegations. The opening of the 27th session will start on 4 September at 10:00 am and will be held at Palais Wilson in Geneva.
The dialogues with States parties will start on 4 September at 15:15 to 18:00 Geneva time and resume the following day from 10:00 to 13:00. The consideration of the reports will take place as follows: Ecuador on 4 (pm) and 5 (am) September, Indonesia on 5 (pm) and 6 (am) September and Mexico on 6 (pm) and 7 (am) September.
The sessions will be webcast at http://webtv.un.org/.
Members will also hear from NGO representatives, national human rights institutions, UN bodies and specialised agencies.
More information can be found here.
The Committee will publish its recommendations here on 15 September 2017.
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What is CMW and why it matters?
The International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families is the most comprehensive international instrument to date on migrant workers. It 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. Bilateral and regional agreements are important, but insufficient in addressing this global issue.
The International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families 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.