Countries urged to place human rights of migrants at forefront: UN

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Refugees and migrants risk their lives travelling from Africa to Europe in over-crowded and unseaworthy vessels to escape persecution and violence, or simply to find a better life. UNHCR/A.Di Loreto

Countries are being urged to adopt a new approach to migration that places the rights of migrants at the forefront.

The Human Rights Council in Geneva held a debate on Tuesday on the promotion and protection of their migrant rights.

Stories of abuse, exploitation and discrimination of migrants are often heard on a daily basis, according to senior UN officials attending the event.

Jocelyne Sambira reports.

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