Migrants and human rights

Commission on Human Rights resolution 1997/15


The Commission on Human Rights,

Considering that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights proclaims that all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights and that everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set out therein, without distinction of any kind, in particular as to race, colour or national origin,

Affirming that every State party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights must ensure to all individuals within its territory and subject to its jurisdiction the rights recognized in that Covenant,

Reaffirming that every State party to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights must undertake to guarantee that the rights enunciated in that Covenant will be exercised without discrimination of any kind, including as to national origin,

Deeply concerned at the increasing manifestations of racism, xenophobia and other forms of discrimination and inhuman and degrading treatment against migrants in different parts of the world,

Bearing in mind the situation of vulnerability in which migrants frequently find themselves, owing, among other things, to their absence from their State of origin and to the difficulties they encounter because of differences of language, customs and culture,

Considering that there is a need to make further efforts to improve the situation and ensure the human rights and dignity of migrants,

1. Acknowledges that the principles and standards embodied in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights apply to everyone, including migrants;

2. Requests States, in conformity with their respective constitutional systems, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the international instruments to which they are party, which may include the International Covenants on Human Rights, the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, the Convention on the Rights of the Child and other applicable international human rights instruments, effectively to promote and protect the human rights of all migrants;

3. Decides to establish, within the approved overall budget level for the current biennium, a working group consisting of fiveintergovernmental experts, appointed on the basis of equitable geographical representation after consultations with the regional groups, to meet for two periods of fiveworking days prior to the fifty-fourth session of the Commission, with a mandate to:

(a) Gather all relevant information from Governments, non-governmental organizations and any other relevant sources on the obstacles existing to the effective and full protection of the human rights of migrants;

(b) Elaborate recommendations to strengthen the promotion, protection and implementation of the human rights of migrants;

4. Requests the working group of intergovernmental experts to submit a report to the Commission on Human Rights at its fifty-fourth session under the appropriate agenda item.

37th meeting
3 April 1997

[Adopted without a vote. See chap. XI.]


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