NA: (Acting Speaker calls for collective efforts for addressing migrant issues)


ISLAMABAD: Acting Speaker National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi has called for globe collective parliamentary efforts for combating discrimination, radical intolerance and settlement of migrant.

He said this while addressing the General Assembly of the 133rd Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Conference being held in Geneva, Switzerland according to a message received from Switzerland, here on Sunday.

He said Parliaments have an obligation to take effective action to combat discrimination, racial intolerance and immigrants/foreign workers’ issues. In this context, parliaments can help them inject positive messages with regard to migrants and encourage their governments to liberalize cross-border movement of skilled and to the perceived threat of migrants to the economic security of citizens, but also to national security concerns.

He stressed upon the international community for collectively addressing this unprecedented humanitarian crisis which not only calls for political will but prompt action on the ground. He called for translating statements and human rights values through actions on the ground without hiding behind the excuses of security and marginalization. He said that it is imperative to pursue a human-rights based approach to ensure the fundamental rights of migrants and refugees.

The Acting Speaker said that Pakistan fully acknowledges that migrants hold rights and responsibilities towards societies in which they live. He said the social fabric of a host society could be at risk when immigrants are subject to various forms of discrimination, both in the workplace and in the general community and where there are no integration mechanisms in place.

He stressed for adoption of a two-pronged approach to effectively addressing the root causes of the trafficking in persons and poverty and underdevelopment which compels people to leave their countries of origin via unauthorized routes.

Drawing attention of his fellow colleagues towards the ongoing migrant and refugee crisis in the Mediterranean, he said that thousands of people have lost their lives and those who survived, were still struggling for their lives, being the victims of racism, xenophobia, torture and administrative detention.

He called for strict implementation of UN charter, declaration of Human rights and other international human rights instruments for respecting human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Concluding his address, he said he was of the firm view that the influx of migrants reflect economic disparity in different parts of the world and it could only be resolved through addressing the root causes of migration, enhancing international cooperation and effective realization of all human rights including economic, social and cultural rights as well as the right to development.