UN and International Members

UN Committee on Migrant Workers

The Committee on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families (CMW) is the body of independent experts that monitors implementation of the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families by its State parties. It held its first session in March 2004.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) represents the world’s commitment to universal ideals of human dignity. We have a unique mandate from the international community to promote and protect all human rights.

UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

For over 65 years, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has been protecting the rights and well-being of refugees all over the world. They work to ensure that everybody has the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge, having fled violence, persecution, war or disaster at home.

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

UNICEF works for a world in which every child has a fair chance in life. From distributing lifesaving aid to children in the aftermath of World War II to fighting Ebola, UNICEF has been working for children for almost 70 years.

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

The work of the ICRC is based on the Geneva Conventions of 1949, their Additional Protocols, its Statutes – and those of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement – and the resolutions of the International Conferences of the Red Cross and Red Crescent.

International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Established in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners.

With 165 member states, a further 8 states holding observer status and offices in over 100 countries, IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants.

Global Alliance of NHRIs (GANHRI)

Established in 1993, GANHRI, previously known as the ICC (International Coordinating Committee of NHRIs), is the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions. GANHRI promotes the role of NHRIs worldwide, providing a forum for its members to interact and exchange, as well as facilitating their engagement with international organisations. Currently, 100 national human rights institutions exist worldwide, 74 of which are accredited in full compliance with the Paris Principles.

UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants

The mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants was created in 1999 by the Commission on Human Rights, pursuant to resolution 1999/44. Since then, the mandate of the Special Rapporteur has been extended by Commission on Human Rights resolutions 2002/62 and 2005/47 and Human Rights Council resolutions 8/10, 17/12 and 26/19, each for a period of three years.

With 165 member states, a further 8 states holding observer status and offices in over 100 countries, IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants.

UN Special Rapporteur on Trafficking

At its sixtieth session, the Commission on Human Rights adopted decision 2004/110, by which it decided to appoint, for a three-year period, a Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children to focus on the human rights aspects of the victims of trafficking in persons. In the same decision, the Commission invited the Special Rapporteur to submit annual reports to the Commission together with recommendations on measures required to uphold and protect the human rights of the victims.

UN SRSG on Violence Against Children

The UN Secretary-General’s Study on Violence against Children addressed violence against children in five settings: the family, schools, alternative care institutions and detention facilities, places where children work and communities. The Study called for urgent action to prevent and respond to all forms of violence and presented a set of recommendations to guide the process of follow up. To promote dissemination of the Study and ensure an effective follow up to its recommendations, the Study called for the appointment of a Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence against Children (SRSG).

UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD)

The Working Group on Arbitrary Detention was established by resolution 1991/42 of the former Commission on Human Rights. Its mandate was clarified and extended by Commission’s resolution 1997/50. The mandate was extended for a further three-year period by resolution 24/7 of 26 September 2013.

Regional Members

African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC)

 

The African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC) is established by article 32 of the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACRWC). It is mandated under article 42 of the ACRWC to promote and ensure the protection of the rights of the child enshrined in the ACRWC.

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IAHCR) Rapporteurship on the Rights of Migrants

 

Throughout the years, the Commission has monitored the situation of people in the context of human mobility by conducting visits to countries, elaborating thematic studies and country reports, requesting information and conducting hearings and meetings.

Council of Europe, Commissioner on Human Rights

 

The Commissioner conducts visits to help raise the standards of human rights protection in all Council of Europe member states, in accordance with his mandate. Visits aim at pursuing a direct dialogue with the authorities and looking into one or several specific issues. The Commissioner is currently carrying out more targeted country visits focused on specific topics. A report may be published, containing conclusions and relevant recommendations to help redress shortcomings. Some of these reports may also relate to crisis situations and human rights in conflict areas.

Council of Europe, General Rapporteur on Ending Immigration Detention of Children 

 

The General rapporteur will contribute to raising awareness in Council of Europe member states on the need to end immigration detention of children and to adopt alternatives to detention that fulfil the best interests of the child and allow children to remain with their family members and/or guardians in non-custodial, community-based contexts while their immigration status is being resolved.

Civil Society Members

Caritas Internationalis

Caritas shares the mission of the Catholic Church to serve the poor and to promote charity and justice throughout the world. We are inspired by the Gospels, by the teachings of the Catholic Church and by the hopes of people living in poverty. We encourage everyone to respond to humanitarian disasters, to promote integral human development and to advocate on the causes of poverty and violence. We animate Catholic communities and all people of good will in solidarity with the suffering of their brothers and sisters around the world.

Child Rights International Network (CRIN)

Our foundation is the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), which we use to bring children’s rights to the top of the international agenda and to put pressure on national governments to promote and protect children’s rights. We also do our best to empower local people to campaign for children’s rights in their country and promote the use of the law as a powerful advocacy tool. We work in partnership with international, regional and national coalitions, and strive to provide accessible information and knowledge on children’s rights to people and organisations around the world.

Defence for Children International (DCI)

Many children arrive in new countries alone, unaccompanied and undocumented, making them vulnerable to violence, exploitation and other violations of their rights. Children in these precarious situations may be detained arbitrarily and denied their right to education or subjected to abuse.

DCI national sections, particularly – although not exclusively – in the European region, work closely with migrants and asylum seeking children to ensure that their rights are respected and protected.

Global Campaign to End Child Immigration Detention

The Global Campaign to End Immigration Detention of Children was launched during the 19th Session of the UN Human Rights Council in 2012, to draw attention to the many detrimental effects that immigration detention has on children, and to encourage states to cease the immigration detention of children consistent with their CRC obligations.

Human Rights Watch (HRW)

Human Rights Watch is a nonprofit, nongovernmental human rights organization made up of roughly 400 staff members around the globe. Its staff consists of human rights professionals including country experts, lawyers, journalists, and academics of diverse backgrounds and nationalities. Established in 1978, Human Rights Watch is known for its accurate fact-finding, impartial reporting, effective use of media, and targeted advocacy, often in partnership with local human rights groups.

Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM)

PICUM, the Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants, is a network of individuals and organisations working to ensure social justice and human rights for undocumented migrants. Grounded in principles of social justice, anti-racism and equality, PICUM works to ensure that all migrants are entitled to a dignified standard of living and respect. Bringing together the experiences and expertise of its members, PICUM generates and coordinates a humane and informed response to undocumented migrants’ realities and provides a platform to engage policy makers and the general public in the full realisation of their rights.

International Detention Coalition (IDC)

The International Detention Coalition (IDC) is a unique global network, of over 300 civil society organisations and individuals in more than 70 countries, that advocate for, research and provide direct services to refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants affected by immigration detention.

Save the Children

Save the Children uses a holistic approach to help us achieve more for children, and to use our resources in an efficient and sustainable way.

In every programme we aim to: innovate – develop and prove evidence-based, replicable solutions to the problems children face; achieve results at scale – by expanding effective and sustainable approaches; be the voice – campaign for better practices and policies to fulfil children’s rights and ensure that children’s voices are heard; build partnerships – with children, communities, governments, civil society and private sector organisations – to influence others and increase our impact.

Terre des Hommes International Federation (TDH)

The Terre des Hommes International Federation is a network of ten national organisations working for the rights of children and to promote equitable development without racial, religious, political, cultural or gender-based discrimination.

Destination Unknown Campaign

The Destination Unknown campaign, an international campaign to protect children on the move, implemented by more than 100 campaign members, TDH organisations together with NGO partners.

The campaign in figures: Half a million children (not including emergency operations), 159 projects, in 65 countries within 10 sub-regions of the world.

Amnesty International

Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 7 million people in over 150 countries and territories who campaign to end abuses of human rights.

Asia-Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN)

The Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network is an open and growing network consisting of more than 300 civil society organisations and individuals from 28 countries committed to advancing the rights of refugees in the Asia Pacific region. We do this through information sharing, mutual capacity building, and joint advocacy.

SOS Children’s Villages

SOS Children’s Villages International comprises 117 national SOS Children’s Villages associations. As members of the federation, each national SOS Children’s Villages association is committed to applying the federation’s statutes, standards for quality child care, and stringent financial and administrative practices.