MRI Celebrates 20 years!

MRI20In the course of the past two decades, our members and partners have worked tirelessly to make the protection of migrants’ rights a priority in international fora, including the UN Human Rights Council, the World Summit on Social Development (Copenhagen), the World Conference on Women (Beijing, 1995), the Global Forum on Migration & Development, and many other spaces nationally and regionally. We have also worked to strengthen the migrants’ rights movement, initiating and organizing 8 international civil society gatherings called the People’s Global Action on Migration, Development, & Human Rights.

These activities, among many other actions and initiatives led by our membership in their respective countries and regions, reflect our mission to advocate for the respect, protection and fulfillment of the full range of human rights of migrants around the world and to foster unity and the inclusion of migrant voices at all levels of policy-making.

An example of such an initiative is the launch of a new campaign that MRI is proud to support: Step it Up: Dignity, Rights, Development / Marking 25 Years of the UN Migrant Workers’ Convention.www.CMW25.org.

Spearheaded by Migrant Forum in Asia, together with the OHCHR Secretary of the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families, the International Labour Organization, the South Asian Regional Trade Union Council, the Diplomacy Training Program, the Arab Network for Migrants Rights, Solidarity Center, and Migrant Rights International, this campaign provides a platform for the migrants’ rights movement to amplify its advocacy for further ratifications of the only convention that significantly guarantees the human rights of all migrant workers and members of their family.
For the next year, we will “step up” our efforts at ratification, highlighting the continuous struggles to achieve decent work and dignity in the workplace, to realize the human and labour rights of all migrant workers and members of their family, and advocate for rights-based approaches to development. Let’s make this year, December 2014 to December 2015, Migrants’ Year as we popularize this campaign