| |Changing the narrative on migration by learning from each other
“To build greater trust and a more inclusive society, we need to look at what we have in common,” says Fiona Servaes, migrant rights activist. “Resilience, compassion, hard work, determination: these are characteristics and values that anybody can have, and remembering this can help us connect to each other, no matter where we come from.” 18 December marks International Migrants Day.
16 December 2021
| |Pushbacks of migrants on land and at sea must end, says UN expert
In his latest report to the Human Rights Council, the Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants, Felipe González Morales said that States must put an end to pushback practices and ensure that current COVID-19 travel restrictions do not deny effective access to asylum and protection under international law.
9 July 2021
| |"Home is the people around you."
Meet Nhial Deng – refugee, peace-builder and human rights advocate. On the occasion of World Refugee Day, Nhial is calling for a rethink on how we talk about refugees and migrants.
20 June 2021
| |“There’s more that unites us than divides us”
As the media becomes increasingly saturated with negative images of migration, Zino Akaka and other young migrants are working with journalists to spark narrative change, and improve media coverage on migrants’ experiences.
18 June 2021
| |Report: A call to safeguard migrants in central Mediterranean Sea
“I feel as if I have gone from hell to uncertainty. I thought my journey would come to an end and I would find a safe place in Europe,” said Daraja, a Nigerian migrant. A new report by UN Human Rights delivers first-hand accounts of migrants facing the perilous journey through Libya to Europe. It also calls for an urgent reform of search and rescue policies and practices and more robust protection of migrants at sea.
26 May 2021
| |Reshaping the narrative on migration: the case for ethical advertising
Hate speech and disinformation targeting migrants and other minorities has intensified globally with the advent of social media. UN Human Rights is trying to counter those trends by helping to introducing ethical standards in the advertising industry to change negative perception of migrants.
22 December 2020
| |Migration: A chance to change the story
For too long, dehumanising narratives on migrants and migration have flooded media and public discourse. It is time to transform the old stories of hate and division into new ones about what unites us as human beings. Ahead of International Migrants Day, UN Human Rights is launching a new campaign, #StandUp4Migrants, as well as a toolbox that illustrates how we can change the story.
16 December 2020
| |“To us, there are no migrants . . . there are people”
Wednesday 18 December marks International Migrants’ Day. Alina Lyapina, a young activist from Germany who began a major grassroots movement to welcome more people to her country, is calling for more action from governments.
18 December 2019
| |Bachelet: International Migrants Day
On International Migrants Day, High Commissioner Bachelet reflects on the human desire to belong, and calls for celebration of our shared humanity.
18 December 2019
| |Rohingya refugees and the right to education
A learning centre in Malaysia is giving Rohingya refugees a chance to have an education. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet visited the centre on a recent trip to the country.
15 October 2019
| |Relatives of missing migrants never lose hope
“For me he is alive because I have not found anything different. I am continuing to talk about him in the present,” said Maria Elena Larios. Her son, Heriberto Antonio Gonzalez Larios went missing nearly ten years ago while trying to make his way from El Salvador to Mexico, looking for better a better life.
30 August 2019
| |Poetry to inspire the fight against racism
21 March is the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. To mark that day, UN Human Rights associates itself with poets, musicians and lyricists to inspire us all to fight racism.
15 March 2019
| |Losing your land to climate change
Climate change threatens the very existence of Kiribati and other small island states in the Pacific. “If we have to migrate because of climate change, we will have no land to return to. We don’t want to lose our fundamental rights – if our country goes under water because of climate change,” says Kiribati youth activist Rae Bainteiti.
23 October 2017
| |Migrants voices: We are not criminals
“I hope there is an amnesty for the illegal migrants, just because for me I am not a criminal...,” said Eladet Arcade a domestic migrant worker, who shared her experience at a recent panel discussion on migration and promoting tolerance.
18 December 2015
| |Migrants need protection, not push-backs
The plight of thousands of migrants attempting to make their way to safety and dignity needs global attention and effort, said UN High Commission for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein. Zeid made his remarks during an interactive dialogue on the human rights of migrants which took place during the 29th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva.
18 June 2015
| |Migrants deserve respect, safety and dignity
In a joint statement issued to commemorate International Migrants’ Day, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein and International Labour Organization Director Guy Ryder called on States to recognize that true sustainable development can only be achieved by ensuring that human rights and labour rights form the cornerstone of fair migration policies.
18 December 2014
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