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A/53/230


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

17 August 1998

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                                                     A/53/230
       
                                                     Original: English

       
General Assembly       
Fifty-third session
Item 113 (a) of the provisional agenda*
Human rights questions: implementation
  of human rights instruments

     * A/53/150.


         Status of the International Convention on the Protection
    of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families


                    Report of the Secretary-General


         1. The General Assembly, by its resolution 45/158 of 18 December
1990, adopted and opened for signature, ratification and accession the
International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant
Workers and Members of Their Families and called upon all Member States to
consider signing and ratifying or acceding to the Convention as a matter of
priority.

         2. By its resolution 52/115 of 12 December 1997, the General Assembly
requested the Secretary-General to provide all the facilities and assistance
necessary for the promotion of the Convention through the World Public
Information Campaign for Human Rights and the programme of advisory services
in the field of human rights; invited the organizations and agencies of the
United Nations system and intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations
to intensify their efforts with a view to disseminating information on and
promoting understanding of the Convention; and requested the Secretary-General
to submit to the General Assembly at its fifty-third session an updated report
on the status of the Convention. A similar resolution was adopted by the
Commission on Human Rights on 9 April 1998 (resolution 1998/16).

         3. As at 31 August 1998, the International Convention on the
Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families
had been ratified or acceded to by Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cape Verde,
Colombia, Egypt, Morocco, the Philippines, Seychelles, Sri Lanka and Uganda
and signed by Chile and Mexico. The Convention will enter into force when at
least 20 States have ratified or acceded to it.

         4. In connection with the request of the General Assembly in
paragraph 4 of its resolution 52/115, it may be recalled that a letter
encouraging all States Members of the United Nations to adhere to
international human rights treaties, including the International
Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members
of Their Families, was sent by the Secretary-General in December 1997. A
similar letter was sent by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human
Rights on the same date. In March 1998, a campaigner's handbook to promote the
ratification and entry into force of the Migrants' Rights Convention, entitled
"Achieving dignity", was produced by the International Migrants Rights Watch
Committee. Additionally, a meeting of the Steering Committee of the Global
Campaign for the Migrants' Rights Convention was convened in Geneva on 16 June
1998 by the above-mentioned Committee. The purpose of the meeting was to
develop a strategy for building and popularizing the Global Campaign to
promote the ratification and entry into force of the Convention. The Office of
the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights participated in and
supported both initiatives.

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