Namibia: Home affairs addresses statelessness

Published: 27/Sep/2022
Source: New Era (Windhoek)

By Aletta Shikololo

OUSHINI – Statelessness, one of the serious human rights issues, has been put at the forefront of the ministry of home affairs’ agenda.

A stateless person is someone who is not considered a national of any state.

In a quest to eliminate statelessness and issues of undocumented people in the country, the ministry has embarked on regional tours to engage with community members as well as familiarise themselves with the issues of statelessness in the regions.

The visits, led by deputy minister Daniel Kashikola, started in the Ohangwena region last week and will continue to Kavango East this week.

In an interview with New Era, Kashikola said the preliminary assessment conducted by the ministry revealed there are still many undocumented Namibians and those who are at risk of becoming stateless, especially in the northern regions.

Although the statistics are not yet revealed, Kashikola said the matter is of serious concern and needs immediate intervention.

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Themes: Acquisition by children, Birth Registration, ID Documents and Passports
Regions: Namibia
Year: 2022