European Journal of Migration and Law 6 : 285–321, 2005. © 2005 Koninklijke Brill NV . Printed in the Netherlands. 285 The Significance of the UN Migrant Workers’ Convention of 18 December 1990 in The Event of Ratification by Belgium DIRK VANHEULE,* MARIE-CLAIRE FOBLETS,** SANDER LOONES** AND STEVEN BOUCKAERT** Introduction On 1 July 2003, the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families (hereinafter Migrant Workers Convention or Convention) came into effect. 1 This treaty is one of the important instruments enacted by the UN for the protection of (fundamental) rights and free- doms. The two oldest, and also the best known treaties in this area – the I.C.C.P.R. and the I.C.E.S.C.R. 2 – ensure in a general way the protection of political and civil rights, and of economic, social and cultural rights respectively. For specific cate- gories of persons who on account of their vulnerable position in society need spe- cial or additional protection, a number of complementary treaties were subsequently drawn up. This happened successively for victims of racial discrimination, 3 for women 4 and for children. 5 This Convention extends the development of human rights treaties
European Journal of Migration and Law – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2004
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