WARBE and POURAKHI celebrate Migrants Day and lobby for Migrant Rights at the United Nations UN HLD in New York

Rallies, exhibitions and various interaction programs took place on 18th December, on the occasion of the “International Day of Solidarity with Migrant Workers”. Representatives of WARBE and POURAKHI represented migrants from Bangladesh and Nepal in the High Level Dialogue on Migration (UN HLD), organized from 3rd till 4th October in New York. The UN HLD is a highly influential body; after 7 years civil society representatives and high level government officials from sending and destination countries came together. The UN HLD lobbies for an inclusion of the migration issue in the “Post MDGs” that will replace the UN Millennium Development Goals soon.   

The 18th December as “International Migrant’s Day” was proclaimed on 4th December 2000 to recognize the contributions made by millions of migrants to their economies and the wellbeing of their host and home countries, and to promote respect for their basic human rights. This date was chosen because it was on 18th December 1990 that the United Nations adopted the “International Convention on Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Member of their Families”.

POURAKHI was part of a committee that organized more than 40 activities in Nepal on the occasion of the international Migrants Day. Victim hearings, rallies, exhibitions, Forum Theater, documentary screening, high level meetings and interactions with migrants, radio programs and a migration quiz for students took place in Kathmandu and in other parts of Nepal.

In Bangladesh, WARBE was the organization who introduced the International Migrants Day in 1998. Also in 2013 WARBE organized huge events in cooperation with other stakeholders. A colorful rally sensitized for migrants rights and was attended by high government officials from the Ministry of Expatriate’s Welfare and Overseas Employment and such as other ministries, civil society organizations, migrant’s worker associations such as potential and returnee migrants.

The main function was a huge event in a conference center. A discussion meeting, stipends given to the meritorious students among the sons & daughters of migrants, teleconferences with migrant workers in Jordan and a cultural show were organized in the morning. On this occasion, Engineer Khondoker Mosharraf Hossain, Minister of Expatriate Welfare and Overseas Employment, Mr. Abul Hassan Mahmud Ali, Minister for Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Md. Shahidul Haque, Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs were present. In the afternoon WARBE and other stakeholders opened their information booths in the Migration information fair.

Please click here to get to download the entire report of International Migrants Day observations in Bangladesh

Already in September preparatory meetings for the UN HLD were organized in coordination with the “Migrant Forum Asia (MFA)”, involving high level government officials in Nepal and Bangladesh. Representatives of WARBE and POURAKHI traveled to New York to represent the interests migrants of their countries.

The participation of Mr. Saiful Hoque, Chairperson of WARBE, was supported by AWO International. Mr. Hoque was nominated as a speaker for Bangladesh’s civil society and actively participated in programs of the UN HLD and of the People Global Action (PGA) from 1st till 4th October 2014. The most relevant sessions discussed the following issues:
- Assessing the effects of international migration on sustainable development and identifying relevant priorities in view of preparation of the post-2015 development framework.
- Measures to ensure respect for and protection of the human rights of all migrants, with particular reference to women and children, as well as to prevent and combat the smuggling of migrants and trafficking in persons and to ensure orderly, regular and safe migration.
- Strengthening partnerships and cooperation of international migration into development policies and promoting coherence at all levels.
- International and regional labour mobility and its impact on development.

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Rally on the occasion of International Migrants Day in Dhaka

Migrants receive information about Safe Migration at a information stall of WARBE

WARBE Chairperson, Saiful Haque during a session of the UN HLD

Civil Society demonstration for migrants rights on the Brooklyn Bridge in New York