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December 10, 2018
High-Level Event to Commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

On December 10, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State of His Holiness Pope Francis and Head of the Delegation of the Holy See to the Intergovernmental Conference to Adopt the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) in Marrakech, Morocco, gave an intervention during a High-Level Event to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR)

In his remarks, Cardinal Parolin cited the Preamble of the UDHR that states that the foundation of peace, justice and freedom is recognition of the inherent dignity and inalienable, equal rights of every person and applied that understanding to the dignity and rights of migrants. In countries of origin, transit and destination, he said, every person has the right to be treated with dignity and respect and to have access to basic social services. He also spoke about the right to remain, the principle of non-refoulement and called for dignified integration so that each migrant may be able to contribute to the good health of society.

The statement can be found here.