International Labour Organization Inter-Parliamentary Union OHCHR
Seminar for members of parliamentary committees working on human rights
and other committees addressing migration issues

Geneva, 24 - 26 October 2007

As part of its efforts to strengthen the capacity of parliaments to promote and protect human rights, the Inter-Parliamentary Union has been organizing yearly seminars on a topical human rights theme for parliamentarians.

This year, some one hundred participants, parliamentarians working on human rights, including migration questions, and experts from 36 countries from all over the world, addressed the question of migration from a human rights perspective.

Organized in collaboration with the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the seminar, which took place at IPU Headquarters, focused on the human side of migration and the fundamental rights that are so often at stake when people migrate. Participants proposed a series of options to manage regular and irregular migration in a human rights-compatible way, which are reflected in the Rapporteur's Summary and Recommendations.


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Parliamentary work on human rights
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Updated on 23 October 2007   
8.00 - 9.30 a.m.Registration of participants and distribution of documents
9.30 - 10.15 a.m.Inaugural session:
-  Welcome address and opening statements by a representative of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, the International Labour Organization and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
-  Election of the President and Rapporteur of the seminar
10.15 - 11 a.m.Keynote presentation: Globalization, migration and human rights
-  Mr. Prasad Kariyawasam, Chairperson of the United Nations Committee on Migrant Workers
11.00 - 11.15 a.m.Coffee break
11.00 a.m. - 1.00 p.m.International legal and policy framework for the governance of migration
The international legal framework
-  Human rights law and labour conventions
-  Mr. Lee Swepston, former Senior Adviser on Human Rights, ILO
2.30 - 4.00 p.m.International policy frameworks
-  Mr. Ibrahim Awad, Director, International Migration Programme, ILO
-  Mr. Rolf K. Jenny, Special Adviser, Global Forum on Migration and Development
4.00 - 4.15 p.m.Coffee break
4.15 - 6.00 p.m.Migration, development and human rights
What are the links?
-  Mr. El Jamri, Vice-Chairperson of the Committee on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families
-  Ms. Anna Biondi, Director of the Geneva Office of the International Trade Union Confederation and Secretary of the ILO Workers Group
6.00 p.m.Reception (IPU Headquarters)

9.30 - 11.15 a.m. Factors of migration
-  Employment, decent work and development in countries of origin
-  Mr. Jinggoy Estrada, President (Pro-Tempore) of the Senate of the Philippines
-  Mr. Ali Bensâad, Professor of national and regional development, University of Provence, Research and Training Department
11.15 - 11.30 a.m.Coffee break
11.30 a.m. - 1.00 p.m.-  Changing economies, labour needs and demographics
-  Mr. Patrick Taran, Senior Migration Specialist, ILO
2.30 - 4.00 p.m.Regulating migration in a human rights compatible way
Regular migration
-  Transparent, accessible and equitable admission systems
-  Mr. Ryszard Cholewinski, Labour Migration Specialist, Migration Policy,
Research and Communications (IOM)
4.00 - 4.15 p.m.Coffee break
4.15 - 6.00 p.m. Irregular migration
-  Control options and regularisation
-  Ms. Maria Reyes Castillo Fernandez, Responsible, European Programme
ACCEM. Spain

9.30 - 11.00 a.m.Promoting a diverse, but cohesive society
The participation of migrants in the host society
-  Addressing discrimination
-  Ms. Alima Boumediene-Thiery, Senator, France
-  Mr. Morten Kjaerum, Executive Director, Danish Institute for Human Rights
11.00 - 11.15 a.m.Coffee break
11.15 a.m. - 1.00 p.m. -  Case studies
-  Ireland: Mr. Niall Crowley, Chief Executive, Equality Authority of Ireland
-  South Korea: Mr. Suk-Tae Lee, Ambassador for human rights of the Republic of Korea
-  Kenya: Ms. Njoki S. Ndungu, Member of the National Assembly
2.30 - 4.45 p.m.Particular risks confronting migrants
Trafficking and slavery-like labour practices
-  Ms. Anne Pawletta, Programme Officer, Special Action Programme to Combat Forced Labour, ILO
Migrants and national security
-  Ms. Irene Fernandez, Director, Tenaganita, Malaysia
The criminalisation of migration
-  Ms. Marie-Claire Caloz-Tschopp, Titular Professor, Political Theory, Member of the Open University Scientific Committee on Migration, Human Rights and Development; Co Chair of Solidarité sans frontières, Berne
4.45 - 5.00 p.m.Coffee break
5.00 - 6.00 p.m.Summing-up by the Rapporteur and concluding comments by the President

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