Third Committee, 25th meeting – 70th General Assembly

Promotion and protection of human rights
23 October, 2015

Professor François Crépeau presented his report to the Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee (Third Committee), starting at 46:30.

”Countries of destination can support the integration of migrants into society by facilitating access to justice, without fear of detection, detention or deportation, in order to help migrants fight for their rights; and ensuring that migrants can access basic social protection services irrespective of their migration status would significantly reduce the precariousness of the migrant situation. They must tackle racism and xenophobia.

 

UN Report: Recruitment practices and the human rights of migrants

Thematic report to the UN General Assembly
14 October, 2015

The Special Rapporteur’s recent report on Recruitment practices and the human rights of migrants is now available online. The report will be presented to the UN General Assembly on October 23, 2015.

Introduction
The Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants has paid particular attention to recruitment practices as one of the key areas of work for his mandate. This hugely complex and challenging issue is gaining prominence within debates relating to the human rights of migrants. The Special Rapporteur is concerned about the apparent growing prevalence of severe exploitation and abuse suffered by migrants at the hands of recruiters and subagents in countries of origin and destination.

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Migrants/Human Rights: Official visit to Australia postponed due to protection concerns

Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
25 September, 2015

GENEVA (25 September 2015) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, Francois Crépeau, today announced the postponement of his planned official visit to Australia due to the lack of full cooperation from the Government regarding protection concerns and access to detention centres.

The human rights expert was originally scheduled to visit the country -at the invitation of the Australian Government- from 27 September to 9 October 2015, to gather first-hand information about the situation of migrants and asylum seekers in the country and in Australian off-shore detention centres based in neighbouring Nauru and Papua New Guinea.

“In preparing for my visit, it came to my attention that the 2015 Border Force Act, which sanctions detention centre service-providers who disclose ‘protected information’ with a two-year court sentence, would have an impact on my visit as it serves to discourage people from fully disclosing information relevant to my mandate,” Mr. Crépeau explained.

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Table ronde: Le réfugié particulier et le réfugié pluriel

Réfugié(e)s et Déplacé(e)s: Droit, Littérature et Migration
11 September, 2015

Invitation
Évènement d’ouverture du projet de recherche :
Réfugié(e)s et Déplacé(e)s : Droit, Littérature et Migration
Table ronde :
Le réfugié particulier et le réfugié pluriel

Vendredi 11 septembre 2015
De 10h à 12h
Carrefour des arts et des sciences de l’Université de Montréal
Salle C-2059

Le 15 juillet dernier, dans le cadre d’un débat filmé avec des élèves de Rostock en Allemagne, la chancelière allemande Angela Merkel se retrouvait face à une jeune Palestinienne prénommée Reem, lui faisant part de la difficulté qu’elle éprouve à envisager le futur en tant que réfugiée. La réponse de la chancelière, très brève, se résumait à dire que la politique est bien souvent difficile et que l’Allemagne ne pouvait se permettre de dire oui à tous les réfugiés et que certains allaient devoir quitter le pays. La jeune fille s’est alors mise à pleurer et la chancelière a tenté de la réconforter, disons-le, assez maladroitement. Il s’agit certes d’une anecdote, si l’on considère tous les évènements ayant cours actuellement en Europe concernant la situation des migrants et des réfugiés. Toutefois, cette anecdote, reprise sur les réseaux sociaux un peu partout en Allemagne, fait montre d’une représentation du réfugié des plus problématiques.

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