Eritrea: Discrimination in Access to Nationality

Published: 1/Apr/2009
Source: Open Society Justice Initiative

Statement Submitted by the Open Society Justice Initiative for Consideration by the United Nations Human Rights Council at its Sixth Session, on the occasion of its Universal Periodic Review of Eritrea November 30 – December 11, 2009

“Statelessness in Eritrea primarily affects people of Ethiopian origin, who number approximately 15,000. Questions of citizenship were never adequately resolved after the independence of Eritrea, and thousands are still left in a stateless limbo. In addition, Eritrea’s nationality laws are not in line with its international obligations regarding the protection of children from statelessness, and naturalization provisions are discriminatory on grounds of disability.”

Download: OSJI_ERI_URP_S06_2009

Themes: Statelessness
Regions: Eritrea
Year: 2009