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Kenya: UNHCR presents sustainable and rights-based solutions for refugees residing in camps

April 9, 2021 8:07 am Published by Comments Off on Kenya: UNHCR presents sustainable and rights-based solutions for refugees residing in camps

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has shared with the Government of Kenya a proposed set of sustainable and rights-based measures aimed at identifying solutions for refugees living in the Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps in Kenya. UNHCR recognizes the tremendous…


Nigeria: Atiku not a Nigerian – Malami

April 7, 2021 11:43 am Published by Comments Off on Nigeria: Atiku not a Nigerian – Malami

From Godwin Tsa, Abuja Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice (AGF), Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN) has told a Federal High Court in Abuja that former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, is ineligible to vie for president of Nigeria. Malami…


South Africa: Government policy is failing refugees

April 3, 2021 3:09 pm Published by Comments Off on South Africa: Government policy is failing refugees

THANDILE KONCO and MURPHY NGANGA Cape Town – Jose Neves Pedro was born at the Johannesburg General Hospital on February 7, 1996. Issued only a hospital letter and handwritten birth certificate without an ID number, Pedro is now one of…


Western Sahara: Political limbo and statelessness in Africa’s last colony

April 1, 2021 12:44 pm Published by Comments Off on Western Sahara: Political limbo and statelessness in Africa’s last colony

By Danielle Smith – Founding Director, Sandblast Arts and Dr. Violeta Ruano The Saharawi people have been stateless for over 40 years since Western Sahara was occupied by Morocco in 1975. Danielle Smith, Founding Director of Sandblast Arts, and Dr.…


UNHCR Southern Africa Statelessness Newsletter January – March 2021

March 31, 2021 6:59 pm Published by Comments Off on UNHCR Southern Africa Statelessness Newsletter January – March 2021

60TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE 1961 CONVENTION 2021 marks the 60th anniversary of the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness. The 1961 Convention is the only universal instrument that elaborates clear and concrete safeguards to prevent the occurrence of statelessness.…


Joy For Malawians In Zimbabwe As Chakwera Moves To Oky Dual Citizenship

March 30, 2021 5:09 pm Published by Comments Off on Joy For Malawians In Zimbabwe As Chakwera Moves To Oky Dual Citizenship

By James Gwati Malawi nationals who are resident in the country and have Zimbabwean citizenship have received with joy the news that their country would now allow them to enjoy both Zimbabwean citizenship and that of their home country. CFMNews…


Nigerian court orders extension of biometric ID registration deadlines

March 30, 2021 7:59 am Published by Comments Off on Nigerian court orders extension of biometric ID registration deadlines

By Ayang Macdonald The deadline for Nigerians to procure and integrate the biometrics-based National Identification Number (NIN) with their SIM cards as directed by the Federal Government should be extended by another two months, a Federal High Court in the…


Exclusion by design: how national ID systems make social protection inaccessible to vulnerable populations

March 29, 2021 2:31 pm Published by Comments Off on Exclusion by design: how national ID systems make social protection inaccessible to vulnerable populations

Governments around the world are increasingly making registration in national ID systems mandatory for populations to access social benefits, healthcare services, and other forms of state support. By virtue of their design, these systems inevitably exclude certain population groups from…


Kenya denies IDs to Somalis amidst diplomatic rift with Somalia

March 27, 2021 2:15 pm Published by Comments Off on Kenya denies IDs to Somalis amidst diplomatic rift with Somalia

NAIROBI (HORN OBSERVER) – Kenya authorities on Friday denied IDs to hundreds of Somali people who lived in Kenya’s coastal region for more than thirty years barely two days after the East Africa nation ordered UN to draft a plan…