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Drafting an International Charter of Migrant Workers' Rights

Drafting an International Charter of Migrant Workers' Rights

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FORUM: 4th SIMUN Conference
COMMITTEE: Human Rights Committee

The General Assembly,

Recognising the fact that in this day and age of globalisation and free trade, workers, both skilled and unskilled, will migrate to and from countries depending on the demands of the economy,

Fully aware that in my own country, Malaysia, we have about 2.7 million migrant workers
working in the manufacturing and plantation industries,
Noting with regret that a significant amount of legal cases in our courts involve incidences
in which crimes are either committed by these migrant worker or against them,
Noting further that apart from these concerns related to legal migrant workers, countries
around the world, including ours, are also struggling with the problem of illegal migrant workers,
Noting with deep concern that often these migrant workers are either not well protected
under the laws of the host countries or are not fully informed and aware of their rights,
Taking into consideration the fact that at such times, many of them are unable to access
sound legal advice or avail themselves of the proper legal representation,

Noting further that during such events, the only a common international charter of migrant workers\u2019 rights makes the process of administering of justice and compensation and if necessary subsequent repatriation easier,

Aware of the fact that although the United Nations Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families was entered into force in March 2003 only half of the member nations have ratified the convention; the majority of the nations including Malaysia and especially the western migrant-receiving states have not ratified the convention,

Deploring this delay in universal ratification of this convention and concerned about the
plight of migrant workers in these country due to this delay,
11. Calls upon all member nations to recognise the significance of the issues concerning these
legal and illegal migrant workers and their plight;

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