2016

Statelessness in West Africa: Newsletter #11 Oct-Dec 2016

Published: 30/Dec/2016
Source: UNHCR

In 2014, the Global Campaign #IBelong was launched with the aim of wiping out statelessness by 2024. Since then, members of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have strongly committed to end this plight in the region. The…

Kenya Citizenship and Immigration (Amendment) Regulations 2016

Published: 30/Dec/2016

Legal Notice L.N. 208/2016 1.These Regulations may be cited as the Kenya Citizenship and Immigration (Amendment) Regulations, 2016. 2.Regulation 10 of the Kenya Citizenship and Immigration Regulations, 2012, is amended by inserting the following new paragraph immediately after paragraph (2)-…

34 African-Caribbean diasporans granted Ghanaian citizenship

Published: 29/Dec/2016
Source: Graphic Online (Accra)

Thirty-four members of the African-Caribbean diaspora in the country have been granted Ghanaian citizenship following the approval of the President John Dramani Mahama. At a ceremony in Accra yesterday to formalise the process, the 37 people were made to swear…

UNHCR Campaign to End Statelessness December 2016 Update

Published: 22/Dec/2016
Source: UNHCR

Includes information about a November 2016 SADC Parliamentary Forum resolution “On the Prevention of Statelessness and the Protection of Stateless Persons in the SADC Region”, the grant of citizenship to members of the stateless Makonde community in Kenya, as well…

Nigerians Make Up More of 750,000 Stateless West Africans

Published: 22/Dec/2016
Source: This Day (Lagos)

By Chineme Okafor Abuja — The West African Civil Society Forum (WACSOF) has said that by virtue of Nigeria’s population and emergence of insurgency in the North East in 2009, the country currently contributes more to the 750,000 people that…

Ghana: NPP Government will finish national ID system – Nana Addo

Published: 22/Dec/2016
Source: CitiFM Online (Accra)

By: Delali Adogla The incoming New Patriotic Party (NPP) administration intends to complete the National Identification system that was commenced by the erstwhile Kufour administration within its first year in office, President-elect Nana Akufo-Addo has said. Nana Akufo-Addo, who was speaking at…

Statelessness and Nationality in Côte d’Ivoire

Published: 15/Dec/2016
Source: UNHCR

By Mirna Adjami Executive Summary Côte d’Ivoire became party to the two international statelessness conventions in 2013 and has committed to resolving statelessness in its territory. Doing so will require uncovering and addressing the gaps in Côte d’Ivoire’s nationality system,…

Kenya: At least 295 Makonde community members get IDs in Kilifi

Published: 15/Dec/2016
Source: The Star (Nairobi)

By Elias Yaa At least 295 members of the Makonde community have been issued with IDs as promised by President Uhuru Kenyatta in October. Kilifi county commissioner Joseph Keter said the number was reached after the second phase of the…