NGOs and Experts

Statelessness in Southern Africa Newsletter Q3 2023

Published: 7/Nov/2023
Source: Southern Africa Nationality Network (SANN) and UNHCR

Extracts On August 16th SANN, SADC Alternatives to Detention Network (SADC ADT), Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR), Scalabrini Centre of Cape Town (Scalabrini), and the Centre for Child Law (CCL) participated in the annual SADC People’s Summit in Angola and […]

Statelessness in Southern Africa Newsletter Q3 2023 – South Africa

Published: 26/Sep/2023
Source: Southern Africa Nationality Network (SANN) and UNHCR

Extract On 26 September, the United Nations Committee of the Rights of the Child (UN CRC) conducted a pre-sessional review of South Africa. This review provided an opportunity for the CRC to engage directly with children and children’s rights advocates, […]

SADC People’s Summit Declaration 2023

Published: 18/Aug/2023
Source: Southern African People’s Solidarity Network

Extract MIGRATION AND STATELESSNESS In recognition of SADC States’ obligations under various international and regional conventions and treaties to protect the dignity and rights of all persons, including their rights against cruel, inhumane, and degrading treatment and arbitrary deprivation of […]

Statelessness in Southern Africa | Newsletter Quarter 2 | 2023

Published: 7/Aug/2023
Source: Southern Africa Nationality Network (SANN) and UNHCR

Extracts relating to developments in law and policy: Eswatini On 06 April, an application was made at the High Court of the Kingdom of Eswatini ( Eswatini) to declare laws limiting the passing of citizenship from swazi women to their […]

Eastern Africa Nationality Network Strategic Roadmap

Published: 27/Jul/2023
Source: East African Nationality Network

The Formation of the Eastern Africa Nationality Network In May 2022, fifteen civil society organisations (the “EANN Founding Members”) came together to establish and launch the Eastern Africa Nationality Network (EANN). EANN aims to cover a geographic scope including Eastern […]

South Africa: Submissions on the National Identification Registration Bill

Published: 30/Jun/2023
Source: Lawyers for Human Rights and Centre for Child Law

Summary: LHR and CCL is pleased to see that the Bill proposes provisions which allow for identity numbers which contain a non-binary gender marker; as well as the establishment of a database recording the details of non-nationals. We congratulate the […]

How to get documented: A step-by-step guide to getting birth certificates, citizenship documents and immigration visas for children in South Africa.

Published: 20/Jun/2023
Source: Centre for Child Law / South African Human Rights Commissino

The South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission) and the Centre for Child Law (the Centre) bring you this simple, but comprehensive guide on documenting children in South Africa. Both the Commission and the Centre receive hundreds of requests for […]

Global Summit on Gender Equality in Nationality Laws

Published: 13/Jun/2023
Source: Global Campaign for Equal Nationality Rights, UNHCR, UNICEF, and UN Women

UNHCR press release: Geneva summit garners action to tackle gender discriminatory nationality laws Webpage for the summit. Download interventions from African states and NGOs: Address by Mrs. Williametta E. Saydee-Tarr, Minister of Gender, Children & Social Protection, Liberia Remarks by […]

Statelessness and Nationality Policy in Tunisia

Published: 1/Jun/2023
Source: Boston University School of Law International Human Rights Clinic

Introduction Statelessness is defined as the condition of not being considered a national by any state under the operation of its laws. This condition, however, may be the result of a human rights violation that always leaves stateless persons without […]

DIGITAL ID : Prospects And Challenges For Somalia

Published: 15/May/2023
Source: Heritage Institute (Mogadishu)

Advances in technology and improvements in connectivity have given governments new capabilities, such as digitizing records, capturing biometrics, and automating processes. These improvements have enabled new concepts such as digital identity that allow human data to be converted into a […]

Digital Identity and the legal obligation to conduct a human rights impact assessment in Kenya

Published: 1/Apr/2023
Source: University of California, Berkeley’s International Human Rights Law Clinic and Haki Na Sheria Initiative

Introduction Famously described as “the right to have rights,” nationality – and the identity documentation to prove this nationality – are fundamental rights in and of themselves, and operate as requirements to access a huge swath of government services and […]

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