G1245710.doc - United Nations International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families CMW/C/SR.206

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United Nations CMW /C/SR.206 International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families Distr.: General 3 December 2012 English Original: French Committee on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families Seventeenth session Summary record of the 206th meeting Held at the Palais Wilson, Geneva, on Tuesday, 11 September 2012, at 10 a.m. Chairperson : Mr. El Jamri Contents Consideration of reports submitted by States parties under article 73 of the Convention ( continued ) Initial report of Rwanda (continued) This record is subject to correction. Corrections should be submitted in one of the working languages. They should be set forth in a memorandum and also incorporated in a copy of the record. They should be sent within one week of the date of this document to the Editing Unit, room E.4108, Palais des Nations, Geneva. Any corrections to the records of the public meetings of the Committee at this session will be consolidated in a single corrigendum, to be issued shortly after the end of the session. GE.12-45710 (E) 281112 031212
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CMW/C/SR.206 The meeting was called to order at 10.05 a.m. Consideration of reports submitted by States parties under article 73 of the Convention ( continued ) Initial report of Rwanda (continued) (CMW/C/RWA/1; CMW/C/RWA/Q/1 and Add.1) 1. At the invitation of the Chairperson, the delegation of Rwanda took places at the Committee table. 2. Ms. Nyirahabimana (Rwanda) explained that Rwandans living abroad enjoyed the right to vote, which they exercised at the Rwandan Embassy in their host countries, and the right to stand as candidates in elections, for instance, to the East African Legislative Assembly. Moreover, some ministers and heads of public institutions were chosen from among members of the diaspora, on the grounds that full participation was necessary for the country’s development. Each year, Rwandans living abroad and Rwandans who had remained at home took part in a national dialogue, lasting three to five days, on various matters related to governance. Rwandan children living abroad were given special courses in civic education, and the “Come and See. Go and Tell” programme permitted Rwandans living abroad to come and see for themselves the situation in the country and to tell others about it when returning to their country of residence. 3. The embassies maintained close ties with the expatriate community and gathered donations from Rwandans living abroad that contributed to the country’s development. Protecting the interests of Rwandans living abroad was critically important, as shown by the repatriation of Rwandan citizens during the Arab Spring. She acknowledged that data from the embassies should be better disaggregated so that more precise information could be offered to the Committee about Rwandans throughout the world.
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