Celebrating 20th Anniversary of the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families

Ratify the Migrant Workers Convention

Ratify the Migrant Workers Convention

Ahead of International Migrants Day observed annually on 18 December, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Regional Office for South-East Asia, in collaboration with the Asia-Pacific Regional Thematic Working Group (TWG) on International Migration including Human Trafficking, organized a roundtable discussion on Monday, 13 December at the United Nations Conference Centre, Bangkok.

The discussion focussed on the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrants Workers and Members of their Families, which was adopted 20 years ago by the UN General Assembly and entered into force in 2003. To date, 44 countries have become States Parties to the Convention globally, including only 7 countries from Asia and the Pacific – although the region is estimated to be home to some 53 million documented migrants and a high number of non-recorded migrants.

The roundtable discussion which was attended by approximately 50 people, brought together experts and Government officials who shared their unique insight and experience, including from the viewpoint of countries both of origin and destination and of countries which have ratified the Convention or still are to take the step to ratify it. Panelists included: H.E. Felipe Frydman, Ambassador of Argentina to Thailand; Mr. Abdelhamid El Jamri, Chairperson, UN Committee on Migrant Workers; Dr. Sung Yong Hwang, Deputy Director, Migration Team of Civil Rights Division, National Human Rights Commission, Republic of Korea; and Mr. William Gois, Regional Coordinator, Migrants Forum in Asia. Ms. Thetis Mangahas, Deputy Director, International Labour Organization (ILO) Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific moderated the discussion. Ms. Nanda Krairiksh and Mr. Andrew Bruce, Co-chairs of the above-cited TWG delivered the opening remarks, along with Ms. Marcia Kran, Director, OHCHR Research and Right to Development Division.

For further information please contact: Camaran Pipes (English), OHCHR, Tel: 02 288 1605; pipes@un.org or Ubonwan Boonrattanasamai (Thai), OHCHR, Tel: 02 288 2084; boonrattanasamai@un.org


Pictures of the Event

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