Source: American Society of International Law
International Legal Materials, Vol. 53, No. 2 (2014), pp. 413-417,
Published by American Society of International Law
While the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the African Charter) imprecisely provides for a right to the “recognition of one’s legal status,” the 2003 Protocol to the same Charter on the Rights of Women only guarantees both men and women’s rights to acquire the nationality of their partner and transmit it to their children. And though the 1999 African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child obligates states of birth to grant nationality, it is the exception amongst the relevant African instruments in explicitly addressing the right to nationality. Against this legal background, however, new hopes have been raised by the 2013 adoption of a Resolution on the Right to Nationality in Africa by the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the African Commission).
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