The EU and its Member States stand firmly behind the New York Declaration on Refugees and Migrants and reiterate our firm commitment to fully respect and protect the human rights of all migrants, regardless of their migratory status, in full compliance with international law including the principle of non-discrimination and the principle of non-refoulement as established by the 1951 Refugee Convention. Looking ahead, these commitments should be translated into concrete actions in the Global Compact on Safe, Regular and Orderly Migration, to be developed by 2018.
We welcome today's dialogue on human rights of migrants in the context of large movements as an important contribution to the Global Compact and underline the HRC role in this regard.
We welcome that the first preparatory thematic session - to be held in Geneva in May – will be specifically devoted to the human rights of migrants. The EU will also actively work to ensure that human rights are mainstreamed throughout the Global Compact as a whole.
The EU is convinced that the Global Compact should promote a comprehensive and holistic approach to migration policies - built on human rights standards and on the core principle of global responsibility-sharing in ensuring dignity, safety and respect for rights to all people on the move. Addressing migration-related challenges is a shared responsibility of countries of origin, transit and destination. Particular attention should be paid to addressing the specific needs of migrants in vulnerable situations.
Furthermore, we commend the efforts already made to rescue people in distress at sea and commit to intensifying international cooperation on the strengthening of search and rescue operations.
The European Union will continue to work in close partnership with IOM, UNHCR, OHCHR, WHO, the ILO and other relevant stakeholders to ensure that all international standards and obligations are respected in our work on this very important issue.