Civil and human rights have been advocated for from time immemorial by various individuals such as; Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Junior. For any person to live a decent and respectable life, then their human rights need to be protected.

According to the United Nations, Human rights can be defined as all rights inherent to all human-beings, regardless of their sex, race, nationality, color, origin, language and even religion.

In this fight for human and migrant rights, many organizations and groups have come up to spearhead this great and noble course. One such group is the International Migrants’ Rights Advocacy. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase

It is a group that has continued to champion for not only the rights of the migrants but also the rights of all humans at large for over 20 years. The organization has worked tirelessly to strengthen and protect the rights of the migrants more so on the global arena through constant advocacy.

The organization has gone on to organize and participate in some of the major world conferences and meetings on human and migrant rights issues. Some of the problems the group is involved in include; addressing migrant abuses and injustices, labor protections and promotion of people centered kind of development.

According to the United Nations website, an estimated 224 million live outside the country of their origin something that has been brought about by various issues include political upheavals and political oppression as in the case of Syria and Ethiopia respectively.

To further cast a grim picture of human rights violations, according to Amnesty International, 119 out of 160 countries arbitrarily restricted freedom of expression in some ways including curtailing press freedoms. Also, a further 93 out 160 countries conducted unfair trials and offering inhumane court sentences. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey:

These few damning statistics go on to show gross human and migrant rights violations being committed across the globe. But all is not lost. Many groups continue to emerge and champion for the protection of human rights.

For instance, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are two USA journalists who set up a $3.75 million Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund from their court settlement fee after winning a case against a sheriff who supposedly arrested them, after they unearthed the dirty dealings that he committed. The fund seeks to promote and support civil, human and migrant right advocacy, research and development. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikipedia and Jim Larkin | LinkedIn

So the fight continues to ensure that all observe human together with migrant rights. But for this to be achieved, then there is the need for continued concerted efforts on local, regional and international levels. Countries and in particular the various world governments need to come up with stringent laws and policies that will safeguard all human and migrant rights.

So far good efforts have been made, but more still needs to be done, to enable us to achieve the goal of human rights protection as envisaged in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

It goes on to serve our interests to uphold and protect the rights of our fellow men and women.

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