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December 18 - International Migrant Day

2010 marks the 20th anniversary of the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families (ICRMW). However, not a single member state of the European Union, United States, or Canada has ratified this important international human rights instrument. Learn more about why this is the slowest convention ever to enter into force.

"I urge the very many States that have yet to do so to ratify the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Their Families... The irregular situation of many international migrants should not deprive them either of their humanity or their rights. Together, let us reaffirm the fundamental principle of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: 'all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights'."

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Message for International Migrants Day
18 December 2010

The impetus behind Global Worker’s mission is the belief that transnational migrant workers have the right to pursue justice no matter where they go. Since 2005, we have worked hard to combat worker exploitation by promoting portable justice for transnational migrants through our Global Workers Defender Network by empowering already existing organizations in the home countries to be resources to migrant workers. Global Workers is committed to continue, and expand upon, current work to ensure that returned migrants who have suffered exploitation in the country of employment are no longer forced to abandon their rights simply because they want to go home.

On December 18, please take a moment to remember migrants and their daily struggle for full dignity and support events happening around your area.

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