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Central Africa

Statelessness and Citizenship in the East African Community

Published: 14/Nov/2018
Source: UNHCR

By Bronwen Manby Key findings and recommendations Extent of statelessness It is not possible to establish the number of stateless persons in the Partner States of the East African Community (EAC), but it is clear that there are tens of…

East Africa

Statelessness and Citizenship in the East African Community

Published: 14/Nov/2018
Source: UNHCR

By Bronwen Manby Key findings and recommendations Extent of statelessness It is not possible to establish the number of stateless persons in the Partner States of the East African Community (EAC), but it is clear that there are tens of…

North Africa

CRC Concluding Observations: Mauritania, 2018

Published: 11/Oct/2018
Source: UN Committee on the Rights of the Child

CRC/C/MRT/CO/3-5 Extract: Birth registration The Committee welcomes the measures taken to promote birth registration, including reforms of the civil registration system, introduction of biometric registration and expansion of registration centres. However, it remains concerned about the persisting low rate of…

Southern Africa

South Africa: Home Affairs to Discontinue Birth Certificates for Foreign Children

Published: 14/Nov/2018
Source: Centre for Child Law, Lawyers for Human Rights, the Scalabrini Centre of Cape Town, the UCT Refugee Law Clinic

Joint Press Release The Department of Home Affairs has published its proposed new regulations to the Births and Deaths Registration Act and is calling for the discontinuation of the issuing of birth certificates to foreign children. Where previously all children…

West Africa

Back from the brink: Tackling statelessness in Sierra Leone

Published: 13/Nov/2018
Source: Newstalk FM (Dublin)

By Arthur Velker A bar of light falls on the long metal rack against the wall, illuminating a dusty stack of paper archives. A stout figure moves past, eyeing the books with hawk-like precision. ‘Rats,’ he says. ‘They will eat…