Respect for the universal freedom of travel and the vital importance of family reunification.

Respect for the universal freedom of travel and the vital importance of family reunification

Commission on Human Rights resolution 1995/62

The Commission on Human Rights, Reaffirming that all human rights and fundamental freedoms are universal, indivisible, interdependent and interrelated, Recalling the provisions of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Stressing that, as stated in the Programme of Action (A/CONF.171/13, chap. I, resolution 1, annex) adopted by the International Conference on Population and Development, held in Cairo from 5 to 13 September 1994, family reunification of documented migrants is an important factor in international migration, and that financial remittances by documented migrants to their countries of origin often constitute a very important source of foreign exchange and are instrumental in improving the well-being of relatives left behind, Recalling General Assembly resolution 49/182 of 23 December 1994,

1. Calls upon all States to ensure the universally recognized freedom of travel to all foreign nationals legally residing in their territory;

2. Reaffirms that all Governments, particularly those of receiving countries, must recognize the vital importance of family reunification and promote its integration into their national legislation in order to ensure the protection of the unity of the families of documented migrants;

3. Calls upon all States to allow, in conformity with international legislation, the free flow of financial remittances by foreign nationals residing in their territory to relatives in the country of origin;

4. Also calls upon all States to discourage or repeal legislation that adversely affects the family reunification of documented migrants and the transfer of financial remittances;

5. Recommends to the General Assembly, through the Economic and Social Council, that the Assembly consider this question at its fiftieth session;

6. Decides to remain seized of this matter.

59th meeting, 7 March 1995 [Adopted by a roll-call vote of 27 votes to 9, with 17 abstentions]

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