Civil Society Statement on the Outcomes of the Asia-Pacific Regional Preparatory Meeting for the General Assembly High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development 2013

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May 31, 2013

 

About 60 representatives from a diverse group of CSOs, NGOs and trade unions came together to prepare for this preparatory meeting in Bangkok, Thailand  in preparation for the General Assembly UN High-Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development  scheduled to take place  at the UN General Assembly in New York in October, 2013.

 

We were looking forward to 3 days of informed and informative discussion and debate with member States on the issues facing migrants in the Asia-Pacific region that would eventually form our input for the upcoming High-Level Dialogue. However, we are not happy with the final outcome.

 

Though this Asia-Pacific Regional Preparatory Meeting for the General Assembly High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development 2013 was able to obtain a negotiated outcome, we are disappointed that the text adopted by consensus by member States failed to sufficiently locate migrants and migrants’ rights at the centre of the migration agenda.

 

Time and again, in the name of national sovereignty, States placed restrictions on the rights they were prepared to extend to migrants. This is a movement away from previously agreed by consensus positions and a clear breach of international human rights standards.

 

We will, however, continue to engage in this process and forward our recommendations to the Informal interactive hearings for the High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development United Nations, New York on 15 July 2013.

 

Please see attached document for the Civil Society Joint statement read at the meeting.

 

For comments, please contact:

 

Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development

 

Pranom Somwong, +668-31887600,+601-92371300

 

Migrant Forum in Asia

 

William Gois, +63-2-928-2740/433-3508

 

Background note:

 

The full title of the meeting was the “Asia-Pacific Regional Preparatory Meeting for the General Assembly High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development 2013,” held in Bangkok from 29 to 31 May 2013.

 

Click here to read the ‘CSO STATEMENT: Asia-Pacific Regional Preparatory Meeting for the General Assembly High-level Dialogue on International Migration & Development 2013’

 

Click here to read the ‘CSO JOINT STATEMENT: Asia-Pacific Regional Preparatory Meeting for the General Assembly High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development 2013’

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