Civil society actors, including human rights defenders, have an important role to play in promoting and upholding migrant rights and offering services to vulnerable groups. They also collaborate with governments to tackle the refugee policy crisis. To this end, they should be fully supported and not restricted in their duty.
Because of the increased flow of migrants, including asylum seekers and refugees, there has been the need for governments to protect the rights of these individuals. In addition, the government has an obligation of working with all stakeholders to achieve this objective.
The International Service for Human Rights welcomes the High Commissioner’s draft presented at the 34th session of the human rights council. The draft is known as The Principles and Practical Guidance on Research on Respecting the Human Rights of Migrants in Vulnerable Situations. Read more:
In particular, Principle 18 calls on states to uphold all human rights defenders and institutions that offer help to migrants. Principle 18 notes that the rightful work of human rights defenders should not be illegalized by national laws. However, it should be supported and protected. In situations where defenders face intimidation, violence, and discrimination, government and non-government sectors should be held responsible.
The principle requires States to openly promote the work of the entities that support migrants. They should also stress the need to protect migrant defenders, reveal information about the rights of migrants, and those that work on the rights of migrant women.
This is a vital step toward recognizing the restraints that these groups face. Additionally, the statute backs ISHR’s decision to embrace a special focus on defenders of migrant and refugee rights as part of its Strategic Framework of 2017-2020.
A number of non-governmental organizations seek to uphold the civil rights of individuals. Today, there are many groups that can educate people about their rights, considering that there are many victims of discriminatory hiring practices, racial profiling, and many other type of social injustice. They can also help them to pursue legal recourse. Some of these organizations include American Civil Liberties Union, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, Civil Rights Project, and Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund.
About Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund
Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund is a noble initiative that was established by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. They are also the co-founders of the Phoenix New Times and the renowned Village Voice Media. The two have committed the $3.75 million settlement money from their arrest by Sheriff Joe Arpaio to support migrant rights organizations in Arizona.
Joe Arpaio arrested Lacey and Larkin in 2007. They were taken from their residences at midnight and jailed following their revelations regarding grand jury proceedings. The proceedings sought notes and articles from reporters about the Maricopa County Sheriff.
More distressing, the grand jury subpoenas ordered for the identity of citizens who read New Times stories that implicated the lawman. The two journalists, who had spent time defending their First Amendment rights, sued the county.
Eventually, they triumphed in the US Court of Appeals for the ninth circuit. The Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund will support organizations that promote human, civil, and migrant rights. It will also fund groups that advocate for civic participation and freedom of speech throughout Arizona.
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