On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families, a global campaign has been launched calling on governments to act immediately to end widespread human rights violations, suffered daily by migrants around the world, by ratifying this Convention.
Since its adoption by the United Nations General Assembly on 18 December 1990, the Convention has been ratified by 42 states and signed by a further 16 states. The Convention recognises the specific vulnerabilities of migrant workers and promotes humane and lawful working and living conditions. It provides guidance on the elaboration of national migration policies based on respect for human rights and the rule of law. It sets out provisions to combat abuse and exploitation of migrant workers and members of their families throughout the migration process.
We urge all governments to seize the occasion of the 20th anniversary to ratify the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families and thereby affirm their commitment to protect the human rights of migrant workers. We hope that on 18 December 2010, we can also celebrate the ratification of the Convention by many states.
Each month signatures will be collected for one or two countries and will be delivered to the relevant authorities.
You can sign the petition on http://www.migrantsrights.org