This essay has been submitted by a student. This is not an example of the work written by professional essay writers.

International Human Rights Standards for Migrants

downloadDownload printPrint

Remember! This is just a sample.

You can get your custom paper by one of our expert writers.

Get custom essay

121 writers online


Every day, in many parts of the world groups of people, flee their homeland mainly due to because they are at risk of serious human rights violations there, their own government can not or will not protect them, they are forced to seek international protection. They are called refugees and these people’s journeys can be full of danger and fear. They are not always welcomed in new countries and some are detained by the authorities as soon as they arrive and are often victims of torture, rape and racial and sexual abuse, at worst cases are also killed. After the long and rigorous journeys, refugees at times are extremely tired and many fall sick being deprived of the basic necessities for so long. Where there are refugees, various refugee camps have been established but the question remains whether they are successful in providing the needs for the deprived.

Ensuring proper health and sanitation mechanisms in Refugee camps has always been an issue and one of the vital reason for ensuring the well being of the refugees. The right of everyone to enjoy the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health is what WHO works for and was constituted in 1948. Ratified international human rights standards and conventions exist to protect the rights of migrants and refugees, including their right to health. Nevertheless, many refugees and migrants often lack access to health services and financial protection for health. Kenya houses one of worlds biggest refugee camp, ‘Dadaab Refugee Camp’ which is monitored and controlled by NGOs, UNHCR, WHO. Since it is one of the biggest refugee camps it means it is crowded and a pact with a lot of refugees and the fact Health and Sanitation remain a major challenge. There are approximately 1 to 2 toilets for 30-40 people which raise the question of hygiene and open defecation mainly by small children and the elderly make it simple for diseases to transmit and proper sanitation is hampered. The cramped camps also mean an outbreak of viral diseases(water born diseases, viruses) and lack of clean and adequate water supply. Waste management is not proper for the vast population and refugees health is further threatened by the flies, mosquitoes, rodents find breeding places.

The health and sanitation remains a major challenge for the Kenyan government and questioned by International communities frequently. However, shockingly in 2017 the Kenyan government said it will appeal a court ruling its plan to close the Dadaab refugee camp, the largest in the world, stating the safety of the Kenyan citizens are of utmost priority and that the refugee camp is being used as a “launchpad for various terrorist attacks by Al-Shabaab."In fact Deputy president William Ruto affirmed decision to close Kenya’s camps and says western countries should take their share of refugees from East Africa But as expected International Pressure and the high court ruling came in response to a petition not to shut Dadaab by two Kenyan human rights organizations, Kenya National Commission onHuman Rights, and Kituo Cha Sheria. Thus till date, the camp has still not been closed due to mixed decisions. Besides the Dadaab camp there are other refugee camps in Kenya hosting refugees from war-affected African nations and although reports claim the refugees are living moderate life, the refugees tell stories of hunger and poor health and that they are inhabited with other poisonous species: spiders, snakes etc.

Nevertheless, Refugees are human beings as well and no matter what they should not be deprived of basic human rights. Health and sanitation are one of the basic elements of human life and for countries having refugee camps, the respective governments should ensure that in the refugee camps. In Kenya the government together with UNHCR, WHO and other governmental organizations are working hard day by day to maintain proper standards in camps and statistically, there has been an improvement in the health sector in the camps. However, this achievement is still nothing to be proud of, keeping in mind what these people go through in their daily lives. Healthcare and proper sanitation should be made of top priority and organizations should work together and address the situation properly.

Remember: This is just a sample from a fellow student.

Your time is important. Let us write you an essay from scratch

experts 450+ experts on 30 subjects ready to help you just now

delivery Starting from 3 hours delivery

Find Free Essays

We provide you with original essay samples, perfect formatting and styling

Cite this Essay

To export a reference to this article please select a referencing style below:

International human rights standards for migrants. (2018, Jun 23). GradesFixer. Retrieved December 9, 2022, from
“International human rights standards for migrants.” GradesFixer, 23 Jun. 2018,
International human rights standards for migrants. [online]. Available at: <> [Accessed 9 Dec. 2022].
International human rights standards for migrants [Internet]. GradesFixer. 2018 Jun 23 [cited 2022 Dec 9]. Available from:
copy to clipboard

Where do you want us to send this sample?

    By clicking “Continue”, you agree to our terms of service and privacy policy.


    Be careful. This essay is not unique

    This essay was donated by a student and is likely to have been used and submitted before

    Download this Sample

    Free samples may contain mistakes and not unique parts


    Sorry, we could not paraphrase this essay. Our professional writers can rewrite it and get you a unique paper.



    Please check your inbox.

    We can write you a custom essay that will follow your exact instructions and meet the deadlines. Let's fix your grades together!


    Hi there!

    Are you interested in getting a customized paper?

    Check it out!
    Don't use plagiarized sources. Get your custom essay. Get custom paper

    Get expert help for your assignment!

    We can help you get a better grade and deliver your task on time!

    • Instructions Followed To The Letter
    • Deadlines Met At Every Stage
    • Unique And Plagiarism Free
    Get your paper order now