Legal Identity For All – Ending Statelessness in SADC
Source: Southern Africa Litigation Centre
By Liesl H. Muller, chapter in Goal 16 of the Sustainable Development Goals: Perspectives from Judges and Lawyers in Southern Africa on Promoting Rule of Law and Equal Access to Justice
In the past year significant progress has been made towards ending statelessness in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region. Most notably, parliamentarians, who ultimately make the laws which prevent or aggravate statelessness, have committed to addressing statelessness in SADC. On 13 November 2016 SADC parliamentarians at the 40th plenary assembly of the SADC Parliamentary Forum adopted a resolution towards this end. This development, along with other similar resolutions and developing jurisprudence, will go a long way towards ensuring legal identity for all by 2030 as set out in Goal 16 of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Sustainable Development Goals.
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