are in the MOST Phase I website (1994-2003).
The MOST Phase II website is available at: www.unesco.org/shs/most.
International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of all Migrant Workers and Members of their Families
The International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of all Migrant Workers and Members of their Families was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in Resolution 45/158 on 18 December 1990 but at the time of writing has not received enough ratifications to enter into force.
As of 23 September 2002, the following 19 states had ratified the Convention: Azerbaijan, Belize, Bolivia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Cape Verde, Colombia, Ecuador, Egypt, Ghana, Guinea, Mexico, Morocco, Philippines, Senegal, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Uganda and Uruguay. Up-to-date information about ratification of the Convention can be found at: http://www.migrantsrights.org/Ratificationchart.htm
The Convention contains numerous provisions concerning the language rights
of migrant workers and their families.
8. Migrant workers and members of their families who are deprived of their liberty by arrest or detention shall be entitled to take proceedings before a court, in order that the court may decide without delay on the lawfulness of their detention and order their release if the detention is not lawful. When they attend such proceedings, they shall have the assistance, if necessary without cost to them, of an interpreter, if they cannot understand or speak the language used.
(f) To have the free assistance of an interpreter if they cannot understand or speak the language used in court;
3. The decision shall be communicated to them in a language they understand.
(b) The conditions of their admission, their rights and obligations under the law and practise of the state concerned and such other matters as will enable them to comply with administrative or other formalities in that state.
3. Such adequate information shall be provided upon request to migrant workers and members of their families, free of charge, and, as far as possible, in a language they are able to understand.
3. States of employment shall endeavour to facilitate for the children of migrant workers the teaching of their mother tongue and culture and, in this regard, states of origin shall collaborate whenever appropriate.
4. States of employment may provide special schemes of education in the mother tongue of children of migrant workers, if necessary in collaboration with the states of origin.
The full text of the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of all Migrant Workers and Members of their Families can be found on the Internet site of UNESCO.
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