The PH reaffirms before the UNHRC its advocacy on the promotion and protection of migrant’s rights

By Rodolfo Andal

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THE Philippine permanent representative to the United Nations Office at Geneva has reaffirmed the country’s promotion and protection of the rights of migrants.

Ambassador Evan P. Garcia made the affirmation during a conversation with Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants Felipe Gonzales Morales Wednesday last week on the margins of the 38th Session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC).

Garcia, at the same time, stressed the country’s strong support for the mandate of Special Rapporteur Felipe Gonzales Morales whose report before the UNHRC focused on return and reintegration of migrants.

Before the meeting, Garcia delivered the statement of the Philippines during the interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Migration before the UNHRC, highlighting that “forced returns should always be a measure of last resort, and only follow a fair and efficient process guaranteeing that all legal safeguards have been provided.”

The Ambassador also stressed that “migrants in irregular situations require individual screening and assessment procedures; failure to provide such procedures constitutes a violation of due process guarantees and the international (law) principles of non-refoulement and the best interests of the child, among others.”

Individual screening and assessment procedures provide the opportunity to determine the specific situations of vulnerability and legal protection frameworks that aim to effectively meet the needs of migrants, including under international human rights law, according to the Ambassador.


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