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Pact on global migration to safeguard migrant rights: Tang laureate

2018/07/16 19:19:12

Louise Arbour (center)/CNA file photo

Taipei, July 16 (CNA) Louise Arbour, a Tang Prize laureate who currently serves as the United Nations Special Representative for International Migration, said July 14 that a new pact on global migration will help facilitate human mobility while safeguarding the rights of migrants.

"This is a huge step forward," Arbour was quoted as saying in a report carried by Deutsche Welle (DW), Germany's public international broadcaster.

The Global Compact For Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration was approved by 192 members of the United Nations in New York, except for the United States, which pulled out of the discussions last year saying that it was not compatible with U.S. sovereignty, the report said.

The agreement aims to discourage, if not eliminate altogether, irregular and illegal flow of people who often feel that they have no other means of making a living or accessing a safe country, she said in an interview with DW.

According to the report, the document is due to be formally adopted at a meeting in Marrakesh in December.

Arbour, a Canadian lawyer who took part in the negotiations for the migration pact, received the Tang Prize in rule of law in 2016.

According to the Tang Prize Foundation, she was awarded for her enduring contributions to international criminal justice and the protection of human rights, to promoting peace, justice and security at home and abroad, and to working within the law to expand the frontiers of freedom for all.

Arbour specializes in criminal law and is a leading figure in the constitutional and legal protection of human rights, civil liberties, rights of war crime victims and rights of other oppressed people.

The biennial Tang Prize was established in 2012 by Taiwanese entrepreneur Samuel Yin (尹衍樑) to complement the Nobel Prize and to honor top researchers and leaders in four fields: sustainable development, biopharmaceutical science, sinology and rule of law.

The first Tang Prize was awarded in 2014.

(By Ko Lin)