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A Brief Look At The International Convention On The Protection Of The Rights Of All Migrant Workers And Members Of Their Families

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Several years and 19 sessions later, the UN General Assembly adopted resolution 45/158 of 18 December 1990, which is known as the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families (also known as the Migrant Workers Convention (MWC) and the ICRMW). The new Convention provides minimum standards that address the treatment, welfare and human rights of all migrant workers and members of their families, be they documented or undocumented. To do so, it draws on principles and standards that are included in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) of 1948 and all subsequently adopted universal human rights covenants and conventions including those in International Labour Organization (ILO) conventions. This chapter highlight some of the Conventions major features and concludes with some widely held views and comments.

Keywords: ICRMW; international labour organization (ILO); migrant workers convention (MWC); universal declaration of human rights (UDHR)



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