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Concern over impact of Botswana’s appeal decision on ‘refugees’

Published: 14/Sep/2019
Source: Carmel Rickard (blog)

When Botswana’s Court of Appeal delivered its recent decision on 709 people from Caprivi, living in the Dukwi refugee camp, deep in Botswana and close to the border with Zimbabwe, the judgment came as a serious blow to the hopes…

Zimbabwe: ‘Lack of IDs a human right violation’

Published: 11/Sep/2019
Source: Newsday (Harare)

BY BRENNA MATENDERE/JAIROS SAUNYAMA THE Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) has expressed concern over the high number of people without proper documentation, particularly national identity (IDs) cards and birth certificates, saying this infringed on people’s constitutional rights. ZHRC is conducting…

South Africa: Businessman Sam Mshengu arrested after probe into citizenship

Published: 9/Sep/2019
Source: IOL News (South Africa)

Emalahleni – Businessman Sam Mshengu of logistics company Sam Holdings has reportedly been arrested by the Hawks in Emalahleni, Mpumalanga. According to Mail & Guardian journalist Sabelo Skiti, the case is linked to an investigation of Mshengu’s citizenship status. This probe was…

Could the Jewish community return to Sudan?

Published: 9/Sep/2019
Source: BBC World Service (London)

For decades the Sudanese government has been heavily criticised for discriminating against non-Muslims. However the new civilian government has invited a small community of Sudanese Jews living in exile to return home. There used to be up to a thousand…

Zambia adopts national plan to eradicate statelessness

Published: 6/Sep/2019
Source: The Mast (Zambia)

By Masuzyo Chakwe ZAMBIA has become the first country in the SADC region to come up with a National Action Plan to eradicate statelessness in the country. This is five years after the global campaign aimed at eradicating statelessness around…

Kenya: 20,000 birth certificates backlog cleared during RRI

Published: 20/Sep/2019
Source: Kenya News Agency

Nandi County  managed to clear up to 20,000 birth certificates during the Rapid Results Initiative (RRI) period between July and August. According to the County Commissioner (CC), Olaka Kutswa, this was a great achievement as the country heads to the…

Documentation opens doors for Kenya’s stateless Shona community

Published: 19/Sep/2019
Source: Norwegian Refugee Council

Ending statelessness by 2024 is an ambitious goal, but NORCAP expert Sadiq Boateng is closing the gap with efforts to recognise Kenya’s stateless Shona people. In the 1960s, a group of Zimbabwean missionaries from the Shona ethnic group immigrated to…

Mali : Etat civil, autre défit de la république

Published: 18/Sep/2019
Source: bamada.net

Malgré des efforts fournis, selon la représentante de l’Unicef, 25% de nouveau-nés ne sont pas déclarés à l’état civil et 55% des enfants déclarés dans les délais légaux n’ont pas d’acte de naissance. C’est dire que le chemin reste encore…

Zambia to host AU conference on civil registration

Published: 17/Sep/2019
Source: Xinhua

LUSAKA, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) — Zambia and the African Union (AU) on Tuesday signed an agreement which allows the southern African nation to host the 5th International Conference for African Ministers responsible for civil registration and vital statistics. The conference…

Bénin : remise d’actes de naissance aux personnes recensées sous témoignage

Published: 12/Sep/2019
Source: Les Pharaons

L’opération de distribution des actes de naissance établit dans le cadre du Recensement Administratif à Vocation d’Identification de la Population (RAVIP) au Bénin n’a pas pris fin le lundi 09 septembre dernier comme prévu. Le comité technique de pilotage accorde…

Le Niger se dote d’un plan d’action pour mettre fin à l’apatridie

Published: 11/Sep/2019
Source: French.china.org.cn

Le gouvernement nigérien a adopté mardi en conseil des ministres un plan d’action national de lutte contre l’apatridie dans le pays, conformément à l’appel mondial à éradiquer le phénomène à l’horizon 2024, apprend-on mercredi de source officielle à Niamey. Le…