United Nations Committee on Migrant Workers Releases Findings on Rwanda, Azerbaijan



United Nations Committee on Migrant Workers Releases Findings on Rwanda, Azerbaijan

The Committee expressed concern at the absence of a law prohibiting child labor

GENEVA, Switzerland, October 14, 2021 / APO Group / –

The United Nations Committee on Migrant Workers (CMW) released its findings on Rwanda and Azerbaijan, the states parties it reviewed at its last session.

The conclusions contain positive aspects of the implementation by each country of the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families, as well as the main concerns and recommendations of the Committee. Some of the highlights include:


The Committee expressed concern at the absence of a law prohibiting child labor. It was also concerned about the lack of information on the implementation of the principle of equal pay for work of equal value. It recommended that the State party carry out regular and unannounced inspections of workplaces to ensure that migrant workers enjoy the same pay and working conditions as nationals. He also urged Rwanda to redouble its efforts to eliminate child labor by taking legal action against those who exploit children economically, and to ensure that child victims receive full redress.

The Committee was also concerned about the limited knowledge on human trafficking among local leaders, teachers, young people, border communities and refugees. He recommended that Rwanda adopt a comprehensive approach to combat trafficking, such as the creation of an intersectoral office involving civil society and the private sector, and the development of a database on human trafficking. .

To strengthen the participation of civil society in the protection of the rights of migrant workers, the Committee recommended that the State party strengthen its dialogue with non-governmental organizations and provide those working with migrant workers with all the necessary means. to participate in the implementation of the Convention.


CMW was concerned about the State party’s border regime which is largely focused on border protection, and the criminalization of irregular border crossings. The Committee considered that irregular entry, stay or exit can constitute, at most, administrative offenses and should never be considered a criminal practice. It recommended that the State party adopt a human rights-based approach to migration, including by decriminalizing irregular border crossings.

The Committee was concerned about the practice of administrative detention of migrants. He urged Azerbaijan to immediately stop detaining children and other vulnerable groups of migrant workers, as well as asylum seekers and refugees. It recommended that the State party consider alternative measures to detention in all cases and end the detention of migrants.

The CMW called on the State party to effectively investigate and prosecute cases of human trafficking. He recommended Azerbaijan to strengthen international, regional and bilateral cooperation through agreements with countries of origin, transit and destination to prevent and combat this trafficking.

The above conclusions, officially called Concluding Observations, are now available online on the session’s web page.

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