Sign-on Now: Reaffirming Human Rights on Int'l Migrants Day


Call for Sign-Ons:

International Migrants Day 2015

Affirming the Human Rights of All Migrants

on the 25th Anniversary of the International Convention on the Protection

of Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families


Please join us in calling for a reaffirmation of the human rights for all migrants and refugees in this statement (see below) to be released on International Migrants Day, December 18.

This December 18 marks the 25th anniversary of the United Nations' International Convention on the Protection of Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families. This convention, also known as the "Migrant Workers' Convention", or MWC, sets the basic standard for human rights for ALL migrants, regardless of their citizenship or immigration status, and its passage 25 years ago was an important contribution to the body of human rights principles. However, only 47 countries have ratified it thus far, an indication of the controversy surrounding the rights of migrants. The U.S. has not ratified the MWC.

But there is no more fitting time, or imperative, to reaffirm the rights of migrants--when both domestically and internationally, racist and divisive voices fuel the flames of fear and hate against migrants and refugees.

Please join us in sending this message. You may sign as an individual or on behalf of an organization. The deadline for signatures is 5 pm Pacific on December 17.

To sign as an individual, go here.

To sign as an organizationgo here.

For more information and resources on December 18, International Migrants Day, click here.

To learn more about the Migrant Workers Convention (where you can also sign a separate pledge in support of the convention), click here.

To learn more about the "Border Principles and Guidelines" mentioned in the statement, click here.

Thank you for your support!

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A Call to Affirm the Human Rights of All Migrants on International Migrants Day

December 18, 2015

This December 18, International Migrants Day, will mark the 25th anniversary of the United Nations’International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families. 25 years ago the UN General Assembly approved the Convention, commonly known as the Migrant Workers’ Convention, in a significant recognition of the global dynamic of migration and the need to specifically address the human rights of migrants, without exception.

This year, we call on the U.S. government, elected officials at all levels, members of civil society and all sectors, to reaffirm our commitment to these human rights. While there is growing awareness of the precarious situation of migrants and refugees around the world, hostile and xenophobic voices continue to spew hate, foment distrust, and call for discriminatory and exclusionary policies and actions to divide populations and demonize migrants and their families.

Tragically, in the U.S., punitive immigrant detentions and deportations and abusive border policies and enforcement practices already shamefully dominate current immigration policy.

Now, as the country prepares for the 2016 general election, already garnering worldwide attention, outrageous proposals have surfaced from presidential aspirants to undermine immigrant and refugee rights, massively deport millions of undocumented immigrants and their children, deny constitutionally protected birthright citizenship, exclude the immigration of specific groups, and more. Congress is moving to restrict travelers from certain countries—generally moving backward, not forward on the global issue of migration.

Migrants and refugees who have sought to relocate in Europe face an uncertain future—welcomed by many communities and countries willing to extend a helping hand at the same time that other states and the European Union as a whole seek to limit more migration and are actively deporting many migrants and asylum seekers. Anti-immigrant organizations and politicians in Europe, as in the U.S., have further inflamed fears and animosity, rallying populations to oppose government policies to humanely address the influx of migrants and refugees.

Institutions like the United Nations have voiced concerns about rising xenophobia and restrictionist measures in the face of a worldwide “migration crisis”, signaling the need for a more comprehensive global analysis and strategy at the same time that humanitarian aid is immediately needed. In reality, many of the projected actions, including the need to address the “root causes” of accelerating migration, require long term commitments and plans to resolve civil conflicts, build democratic structures and sustainable economies, address poverty and provide access to such social protections as jobs, health care, education and housing.

In this light, initiatives such as the UN’s “Recommended Principles and Guidelines for Human Rights at International Borders,” authored by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), place a much-needed spotlight on the often fragile situation at borders, typically treated by many countries as “zones of exclusion” when it comes to upholding human rights protections. Safe passage across borders is critical for those whose very lives are at stake.

On December 18, International Migrants Day, we call on the U.S. government to affirm its commitment to thehuman rights of ALL migrants:

  • Ratify the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families
  • Commit U.S. policies to adherence to theRecommended Principles and Guidelines for Human Rights at International Borders
  • End the inhumane detention and deportation of undocumented migrants and provide access for the regularization of their immigration status
  • Enhance avenues for refugee and asylum-seekers for protection and safety in accordance with our commitment to international refugee guidelines
  • Stand up against the fear and hate-mongering, racist and xenophobic posturing that undermine our much-needed civil discourse on migrants and migration, and which threaten democratic and human rights principles and hard-fought civil laws 

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