UN committee on rights of migrants to review Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan immigrants are pictured on their boat after being stranded at Pulo Kapuk beach in Lhoknga, Aceh provinceThe UN Committee on the Protection of the Rights of Migrant Workers and Members of their Families (CMW) is to review Sri Lanka next month.

The Committee is meeting in Geneva from 29 August to 7 September to review: Honduras (29-30 August), Niger (30-31 August), Nicaragua (31 August -1 September), and Sri Lanka (1-2 September).

The countries under review are among the 48 States Parties to the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families. They are required to submit regular reports to the Committee, which is composed of 14 international independent human rights experts.

The Committee will discuss a range of issues relating to the implementation of the Convention with the respective government delegations.

Members will also hear from NGO representatives, national human rights institutions, UN bodies and specialised agencies. (Colombo Gazette)