Madagascar plans to amend discriminatory law that fuels statelessness

Published: 12/Nov/2015
Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation

Madagascar plans to amend a discriminatory nationality law that stops mothers passing citizenship to their children, making thousands stateless on the Indian Ocean island.

Campaigners hailed the proposed reform which they said could ease the plight of many of the country’s most marginalised families by letting children take their mother’s nationality.

The move comes a year after the United Nations launched a major global campaign to end statelessness within a decade.

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Themes: Discrimination, Gender
Regions: East Africa, Madagascar
Year: 2015