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Regional Conference: Human rights in Migration Governance – From Influences to Responsibilities and Practice 15-17 October 2018

Call for conference submissions now open

KNCHR and GIZ are inviting submissions from practitioners, advocates, academics and students for the Regional Conference on Human Rights in Migration Governance – From Influences to Responsibilities and Practice.

The conference, hosted by GIZ under the Better Migration Management (BMM) Programme

in partnership with KNCHR, will be held from 15-17 October 2018 in Nairobi, Kenya. Presenters will be fully sponsored to attend the conference and present their case studies, projects, ongoing research, field work or completed research papers. Deadline for submissions is 27 August 2018 and submission guidelines can be found http://www.knchr.org  or at fb.me/HRMGConference.

The aim of the conference is to develop practical recommendations for mainstreaming human rights in migration governance. Migration has become a prominent topic in the public sphere, dominating policy discussions, debates and media headlines. At the center of heated discussions about migrants, border control, integration and refugee policy, a human rights perspective is conspicuously missing. Hence, the conference is particularly interested in exploring the following topics.

  • Practices of protection in key areas: labour migration, vulnerable migrants and migrants on the move, child migrants, victims of trafficking or smuggling
  • Rights vs responsibilities of migrants, society, national governments and institutions
  • The impact of media portrayal of migration, public opinion and xenophobia on policy development
  • Human rights architecture and legal instruments in the Eastern African region
  • The role of national human rights institutions in monitoring compliance as well as protecting and promoting human rights; practical challenges and opportunities
  • The impact of the Global Compact on Migration on human rights of migrants

BMM aims to improve migration management in the region and in particular to address the trafficking of human beings and the smuggling of migrants within and from the Horn of Africa. The Programme is funded by the European Union and Germany.

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