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Item 3: Interactive Dialogue with Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants and Special Rapporteur on
June 14, 2016

Agenda Item 3, Clustered Interactive Dialogue with Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants (and the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights)

As delivered by Shubba Sastry

32nd Session of the UN Human Rights Council
June 14, 2016

The United States welcomes this opportunity to thank the Special Rapporteurs.  The United States appreciates the continued efforts by Mr. François Crépeau and Mr. Philip Alston to promote human rights around the world.  We agree with Special Rapporteur Crépeau’s assessment that trade can serve as a vehicle for advancing human rights, economic development, and social welfare.  The protection of worker rights is one of the highest priorities of the Obama Administration’s trade agenda.

Question:  Mr. Crépeau’s report notes the difficulties that migrants face in accessing legal assistance or even being aware of their options.  I would like to ask, what suggestions does the Special Rapporteur have for countries to make legal resources more accessible?

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