CEDAW Concluding Observations: Mauritania, 2014

Published: 24/Jul/2014
Source: UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)




32.The Committee is concerned about provisions in the Nationality Code that deny Mauritanian women the right on an equal basis with men to transmit their nationality to their children if the father is unknown or is a foreign spouse of a Mauritanian mother. The Committee regrets that public debates on the Nationality Code have not resulted in the amendment of those discriminatory provisions.

33. The Committee calls upon the State party to amend the Nationality Code to bring it into line with article 9 of the Convention and to enable Mauritanian women to transmit their nationality to their children and their foreign spouse on an equal basis with Mauritanian men. The Committee further recommends that the State party consider acceding to the 1954 Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons and the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness.

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Themes: Acquisition of nationality, Acquisition by children, International standards, Discrimination, Gender, Naturalisation and Marriage
Regions: Mauritania
Year: 2014