In Madagascar, reforming nationality law advances social and economic rights
Source: Open Democracy
By Dimitrina Petrova, Executive Director of the Equal Rights Trust
A simple change to the nationality law—which currently promotes statelessness—could improve the livelihoods of thousands in Madagascar. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on economic and social rights.
Little explanation is needed to imagine the impact of Madagascar’s 2009 coup and resulting five-years of illegitimate rule on respect for human rights in the country. Perhaps most famously known in the west for its lemurs, vanilla export or animated films, the country plummeted into new depths of poverty as the effects of an inefficient rule of law took hold and which led to a spate of unlawful killings and many other abuses by the security forces.