Resolution on the Prevention of Statelessness and the Protection of Stateless Persons in the SADC Region

Published: 15/Nov/2016
Source: SADC Parliamentary Forum

SADCPF40-Res 001/16

Resolution adopted at the SADC Parliamentary Forum 40th Plenary Assembly Session 03 to 15 November 2016, Harare, Zimbabwe

The resolution:

Calls upon National Parliaments and Governments in the SADC Region to:
i)    Resolve any existing situations of statelessness within our own countries;
ii)    Review the legislative frameworks and administrative practices in nationality matters with a view to ensure their consistency with international standards on the prevention and resolution of statelessness, as well as on protection of stateless persons;
iii)    Initiate legislative reforms that addresses any identified gaps or challenges, including any discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, or gender, thereby helping to prevent statelessness;
iv)    Ensure gender equality as regards the equal right of men and women to pass on their nationality to their children and spouses, and to change or retain their nationality;
v)    Expedite the implementation of Article 6 (4) of the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child, thereby preventing childhood statelessness;
vi)    Establish and maintain comprehensive birth registration and civil registration systems within Member States with a view to prevent statelessness;
vii)    Accede to the 1954 UN Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons, the 1961 UN Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness and the 1990 UN Convention on the Rights of all Migrant Workers and Members of their Families;
viii)    Support the drafting, adoption and ratification of a Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Right to Nationality and the Eradication of Statelessness in Africa;” and
ix)    Work towards the development and adoption of a SADC Ministerial Declaration and Action Plan on Statelessness.

Download complete text: Resolution-Statelessness_SADCPF-40th-Plenary-Assembly_2016



Themes: Apatridie, Normes africaines, Normes sous-régionales
Regions: Afrique australe
Year: 2016