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Migrants Renew Calls to Ratify U.N. Convention

NEWS RELEASE: 17 December 2009

Tonight, on the eve of International Migrants Day, over 100 migrants and their families are gathering together in Dublin City Council Civic Offices to celebrate the contribution of migrant workers to Ireland, and to stand in solidarity with migrants across the world.

The annual event, organised by the Migrant Rights Centre Ireland, brings together members of the Centre’s migrant action and campaign groups.  The celebration will honour the contribution and participation of migrant workers in two successful policy campaigns this year on work permits and undocumented workers.

“Tonight we are celebrating the contribution that we all make as migrants to society, to communities,” says Anele Jackiel of MRCI’s Domestic Workers Action Group. “We are also remembering those who will not be here tonight because they are working in jobs throughout this city, throughout this country.  We honour their labour.”

Julius Fokasi of MRCI’s Migrants Forum says, “Tonight we come together to call for justice and equality for all migrant workers in Ireland, and to renew the call on the Irish government to sign the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families.”

Event Details:

Thursday 17th December; 6pm-9.30pm

Venue: ‘Wood Quay’ Venue, Dublin City Council Civic Offices, block 2, Wood Quay, Dublin 8

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Note on International Migrants Day:

The United Nations General Assembly has proclaimed 18 December International Migrants Day. On that day in 1990, the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families was adopted.  The Assembly has stressed the need to make further efforts to ensure respect for the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all migrants.  It is estimated that one in every 35 persons in the world is a migrant, living and working in a country other than his or her own.  Ireland has not yet ratified the Convention.

For further information: www.un.org.au/International-Migrants-Day