MONTPELIER, Vt. – Vermont Senate negotiators dropped an amendment to bar illegal immigrants from coverage under a new state health care program, delivering a victory Monday evening to human rights activists who had rallied repeatedly at the Statehouse to demand the change.
The International Commission of Jurists has published a new 298 page Law Guide on Migration and International Human Rights.
“For migrants, the principle that human rights accord to all human beings often seems to be illusory in practice. Although national laws and circumstances vary greatly, migrants around the world regularly face ill treatment by State or private actors, detention in substandard conditions, denial of their labour rights, and inadequate access to housing, healthcare and other social services. National laws and practices frequently deprive migrants of effective access to legal remedies to vindicate their rights. Where national laws offer poor procedural protection for those seeking asylum or challenging decisions to expel them, the protections guaranteed by international human rights and refugee law may be seriously undermined.
International law, and, in particular, international human rights law, provides a powerful tool to ensure effective remedies for violations of migrants’ human rights. This Practitioners Guide analyses the protection afforded to migrants by international law and the means to implement it at national and international levels. The Guide synthesises and clarifies international standards on key issues,”…
“Economic, social and cultural (ESC) rights are an essential part of the corpus of international human rights law. They are recognised in the uDHR and guaranteed by the ICESCR as well as other uN human rights treaties (CERD, CEDAw, CRC, CRPD) and at a regional level by several treaties including, but not limited to, the European Social Charter (revised) (ESC(r)), the American Convention on Human Rights, the Additional Protocol to the American Convention on Human Rights in the Area of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (Protocol of San Salvador), the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) and the Arab Charter on Human Rights (ArCHR). They encompass a range of guarantees relating to the right to work, work- place and trade union rights (addressed in Chapter 6); rights to health, education, social security, and an adequate standard of living including housing, food, water and sanitation; and rights to engage in cultural activities. Some of these rights, or aspects of them, are also protected under civil and political rights instruments such as the ICCPR and the ECHR.
As with civil and political rights, economic, social and cultural rights are universally applicable to citizens and to non-citizens, including all categories of migrants.”
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