Source: The Inquirer (Monrovia)
As part of the global push to end the problem of statelessness especially in West Africa, the Government of Liberia through the Liberia Repatriation Resettlement Commission (LRRRC) and the United Nations High Commissions for Refugees (UNHCR) are holding a two-day workshop to derive a national framework.
According to reports, an estimated 10 million people worldwide lack any nationality and the human rights protection that go with it and 750, 000 of that number of stateless people are in West Africa. The UNHCR is calling on governments to improve national laws that would prevent statelessness.
Opening the session yesterday in Monrovia, the UNHCR Representative, KhassimDiagne said the idea of people living without nationality needs to be addressed more in depth in the West African context and the deliberations ongoing in Monrovia is intended to feed into the regional framework.