ISLAMABAD: National Commission on Human Rights (NCHR) and International Organization for Migration (IOM) Pakistan signed Memorandum of Understanding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen cooperation and collaboration in initiatives related to the promotion and protection of human rights of migrants, especially those in vulnerable situations.
The Memorandum of Understanding demonstrates the commitment of both organizations to prioritize the welfare and human rights of migrants, recognizing that while migration in the context of globalization offers significant opportunities, it It is necessary to create favorable conditions for the safe, orderly and regular movement of people. Under the MoU, NCHR and IOM Pakistan will specifically engage in joint activities to generate evidence and research, raise awareness and provide policy advice, in line with Government priorities. Pakistani government.
Ms. Rabiya Javeri Agha, President of the NCHR, highlighted the lack of rights of migrants and the dangerous journeys they have to make, saying: “The migrant boat disaster in Greece is a heartbreaking reminder about the risks people encounter on their journeys. better future. . With more than 2,000 people killed in the Mediterranean this year alone, irregular migration requires our immediate attention. Through collective efforts, we can work towards a safer and more compassionate approach to migration, one that maintains the well-being and dignity of those seeking a better future. The recently signed Memorandum of Understanding between NCHR and IOM Pakistan will play an important role in promoting this goal.
Expressing concern about the vulnerabilities and risks faced by migrants, especially women and children, Ms. Mio Sato, Head of Delegation of IOM Pakistan, said “the signing of the agreement This protocol is timely, in the context of changing migration trends and the current situation. There is an urgent need for evidence-based solutions. NCHR and IOM collaborate on a variety of advocacy activities, but having a formal partnership will allow us to do more within our respective mandates and ensure the support of we target those who need it most”.
The cooperation framework and its objectives are fully aligned with the cross-cutting and interrelated guiding principles of the Global Compact for Safe Migration , Orderly and Regular (GCM), which emphasizes the protection and respect for the human rights of all migrants, regardless of their migration status and at all stages phase of the migration cycle.