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OAS and PARLACEN Reaffirm their Commitment to the Protection of Migrants

  July 17, 2017

OAS and PARLACEN Reaffirm their Commitment to the Protection of Migrants
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The Organization of American States (OAS) and the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN) today signed a joint declaration calling on the states of the region, international organizations, civil society organizations and academia to continue to work toward a coordinated regional response to ensure respect for the human rights of migrants, as well as the facilitation of safe, orderly and regular migration, among other commitments.

The Secretary General of the OAS, Luis Almagro, emphasized during the signing ceremony the relationship of the migratory issue with other areas such as development, security and human rights, and recalled OAS initiatives in this framework such as the Special Rapporteurship on Migrant Workers and Their Families, the Inter-American Program for the Promotion and Protection of the Human Rights of Migrants, the Committee on Migration Issues, and the Migration Program in the Department of Social Inclusion.

The Secretary General explained that this declaration seeks to mark a working agenda that includes "a regional approach and a shared responsibility approach to the phenomenon of migration, which will serve as a framework for joint regional advocacy actions in favor of situation of Central American and Dominican migrants and respect for their human rights, regardless of the country in which they reside."

For her part, PARLACEN President Priscilla de Miró stressed the importance of the declaration and the significance of having the commitment of the OAS. “For us it is an important act taking into account that the countries of Central America are countries of origin, transit and destination for thousands of migrants and their protection has been the focus of our efforts in the Central American parliament. We are grateful for the support of the Secretary General of the OAS in signing this declaration to help migrants in Central America," said President De Miró.

The Declaration seeks to promote the social inclusion of migrants, expand efforts to combat xenophobia and intolerance and stimulate actions for the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms of migrants.

Reference: FNE-22025