20 years of the MWC: Celebration and Challenge

newsimageA global campaign to challenge countries to protect the human rights of migrants in the face of continued abuse and disrespect was launched to mark the 20th anniversary of the adoption by the United Nations General Assembly of the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families (Migrants' Rights Convention) in 1990. The campaign was launched by the International Steering Committee of the Global Campaign for Ratification of the Migrants Rights Convention (SC), an alliance of intergovernmental agencies and leading international human rights, church, labour, migrant and women’s organizations that support the Convention Ratification Campaign. The campaign demanded that governments act immediately to end the widespread violations of human rights suffered daily by migrants around the world, by ratifying this core UN instrument. Campaign strategies included: a. 3 posters in the official UN languages with the slogan: “Respect Migrants’ Rights, Ratify the Migrant Workers’ Convention” b. SC letters to specific countries who have signed the Convention with collected signatures from within and without the country The letter campaign schedule was: Month Country April Armenia/Cote d’Ivoire May Spain/Indonesia June Belgium/Bangladesh July Kenya August South Africa September Cameroun October Brazil/Costa Rica November Lebanon December ALL