Africa: Regional Meeting of West African National Human Rights Institutions on Monitoring Human Rights in the Context of Migration
Dakar, Senegal: The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR-WARO) for West Africa is organizing a regional training for national human rights institutions from 7 to 11 November 2022 (INDH) in West Africa on monitoring rights in the context of migration. This meeting is part of the process of strengthening the effective monitoring of human rights violations in order to respond to the challenges faced by migrants during the different stages of the migration cycle.
The regional meeting will bring together delegations from national human rights institutions from Burkina Faso, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Gambia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria and Senegal, who , in accordance with the Paris Principles, have a mandate that includes research, legal and policy advice, education and advocacy for monitoring the effective implementation of international human rights standards at the national level; as well as cooperation with other national organizations for the protection, promotion and monitoring of the effective implementation of international human rights standards in the country.
The objective of this regional meeting is to improve the knowledge of NHRIs on the international human rights framework protecting the rights of migrants (in particular on the human rights situation of smuggled and trafficked migrants ). The link between human rights, migration and climate change will also be examined.
Indeed, the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, adopted in 2018 by the United Nations General Assembly, recognizes the key role of NHRIs in implementing and monitoring migration standards. The Compact recognizes climate change as a driver of migration and calls on states to find ways to address people’s vulnerabilities, including those affected by natural disasters. The Compact also recognizes the risks of human rights violations associated with migrants forced to move in precarious conditions and using the services of smugglers and other irregular networks. It calls for the improvement and expansion of regular migration channels. The training will explore concrete ways to respond fully and effectively to this demand.
This training is organized within the framework of the PROMIS regional project funded by the Kingdom of the Netherlands, a joint initiative of OHCHR-WARO and UNODC ROSEN to support States in developing human rights-based responses to the migrant smuggling and trafficking in persons and to respond effectively to human rights violations related to irregular migration.