Global MPs agree on plan to tackle statelessness

Published: 3/Déc/2015
Source: The Times (South Africa)

A problem which has a devastating impact on the lives of more than 10 million people globally‚ statelessness is an often under-reported and growing issue with one child born every 10 minutes without a nationality‚ according to the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU).

MPs at the conference organised by IPU‚ the South African Parliament and the UN refugee agency UNHCR in Cape Town‚ agreed to work to resolve statelessness in their own countries through a wide range of measures.

These included reviewing national legislation to ensure international standards on preventing and resolving statelessness were met‚ advocating reform of laws that discriminated on the basis of race‚ ethnicity‚ religion or gender‚ and the strengthening of parliamentary oversight of government policies on the issue.

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Themes: Acquisition de la nationalité, Apatridie
Regions: Afrique du Sud, Afrique australe
Year: 2015