Stories from OHCHR, ILO and UNHCR
Watch the video and see that we have more in common that unites us than what divides us. Standing up for migrants is essential to building a better future for us all. Watch this space for more stories on the upcoming International Migrants Day, 18 December.
The public response to the COVID-19 pandemic has revealed both the best and the worst in us. While the virus does not discriminate, the pandemic has disproportionately affected the vulnerable and marginalised, including migrants. We must include and stand with migrants to build back better. In addition to the video, here you can find more guidance on COVID-19 and the human rights of migrants.
Malaysia is currently home to two million registered migrant workers, but the number of undocumented workers could be as high as four million. The women’s rights organization Persatuan Sahabat Wanita Selangor (PSWS) reaches out to migrants with information on safe migration and COVID-19 prevention, as well as offering a safe space for migrants to ask questions and seek help when their human rights are violated.
Life was already a struggle for many of the 40,276 refugees registered with UNHCR in India, but the coronavirus pandemic has made their survival even more precarious. For Rohingya refugee Nezamudden Linn and his family, the right to food and to an adequate standard of living became immediate concerns. You can also find out more about how the pandemic has led to increasing human rights violations for refugees.
Breaking the stereotypes of persons with disabilities, Devi Maya Gurung has empowered fellow refugees with disabilities to become self-reliant and contribute to community life.