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A/RES/50/169


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

26 February 1996

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Fiftieth session
Agenda item 112 (a)


                  RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

            [on the report of the Third Committee (A/50/635/Add.1)]


            50/169.     International Convention on the
                        Protection of the Rights of All
                        Migrant Workers and Members of Their
                        Families

      The General Assembly,

      Reaffirming once more the permanent validity of the principles
and norms set forth in the basic instruments regarding the
international protection of human rights, in particular the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights,  1/ the International Covenants on
Human Rights,  2/ the International Convention on the Elimination of
All Forms of Racial Discrimination,  3/ the Convention on the
Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women  4/ and the
Convention on the Rights of the Child,  5/

      Bearing in mind the principles and norms established within the
framework of the International Labour Organization and the importance
of the work done in connection with migrant workers and members of
their families in other specialized agencies and in various organs of
the United Nations,

      Reiterating that, despite the existence of an already established
body of principles and norms, there is a need to make further efforts
to improve the situation and to guarantee respect for the human rights
and dignity of all migrant workers and members of their families,

      Aware of the situation of migrant workers and members of their
families and the marked increase in migratory movements that has
occurred, especially in certain parts of the world,

      Considering that, in the Vienna Declaration and Programme of
Action, adopted by the World Conference on Human Rights on 25 June
1993,  6/ all States are urged to guarantee the protection of the
human rights of all migrant workers and members of their families,

      Underlining the importance of the creation and promotion of
conditions to foster greater harmony and tolerance between migrant
workers and the rest of the society of the State in which they reside,
with the aim of eliminating the growing manifestations of racism and
xenophobia taking place in segments of many societies and perpetrated
by individuals or groups against migrant workers,

      Recalling its resolution 45/158 of 18 December 1990, by which it
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,

      Bearing in mind that, in the Vienna Declaration and Programme of
Action, States are invited to consider the possibility of signing and
ratifying the Convention at the earliest possible time,

      Recalling that, in its resolution 49/175 of 23 December 1994, it
requested the Secretary-General to submit to it at its fiftieth
session a report on the status of the Convention,

      1.    Expresses its deep concern at the growing manifestations of
racism, xenophobia and other forms of discrimination and inhuman or
degrading treatment directed against migrant workers in different
parts of the world;

      2.    Welcomes the signature or ratification of, or accession to,
the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All
Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families by some Member States;

      3.    Calls upon all Member States to consider signing and
ratifying or acceding to the Convention as a matter of priority, and
expresses the hope that it will enter into force at an early date;

      4.    Requests the Secretary-General, within existing resources,
to provide all facilities and assistance necessary for the promotion
of the Convention through the World Public Information Campaign on
Human Rights and the programme of advisory services in the field of
human rights;

      5.    Invites 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;

      6.    Takes note of the report of the Secretary-General,  7/ and
requests him to submit to it at its fifty-first session an updated
report on the status of the Convention;

      7.    Decides to consider the report of the Secretary-General at
its fifty-first session under the sub-item entitled "Implementation of
human rights instruments".


                                                          99th plenary meeting
                                                              22 December 1995


                                     Notes

1/          Resolution 217 A (III).

2/          Resolution 2200 A (XXI), annex.

3/          Resolution 2106 A (XX), annex.

4/          Resolution 38/180, annex.

5/          Resolution 44/25, annex.

6/          A/CONF.157/24 (Part I), chap. III.

7/          A/50/469.

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