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Call for parliamentary mobilization in favor of the UN Global Compacts for Migrants and Refugees

Migrant children

The Standing Committee called on national parliaments to mobilize for the adoption and implementation of the United Nations Global Compacts for Migrants and Refugees by all Council of Europe member states. The parliamentarians are convinced "that by joining forces, parliaments can change the course of things at the national, regional and global levels".

These international instruments of the United Nations, non-binding and optional, constitute "an unprecedented push forward for the protection of the human rights of refugees and migrants". They create a better defined framework for international cooperation and development and set clear guidelines for targeted actions and support programs.

Parliamentarians should start, they said, by tackling the root causes of displacement, helping the countries of origin of refugees and migrants to recover "through development cooperation, and by strengthening international solidarity ".

In the resolution adopted, based on the report prepared by Nicos Tornaritis (Cyprus, EPP / CD), the Standing Committee lists a number of parliamentary action measures based on their functions of representation, legislation, control and international parliamentary diplomacy.