UN tackles statelessness in West Africa

Published: 25/Feb/2015
Source: Voice of America

The Economic Community of West African States is holding its first ministerial conference on statelessness this week in Abidjan. The United Nations said at least 750,000 people in West Africa are denied a nationality. Where Sierra Leonean refugees say both Guinea and Sierra Leone refuse to recognize them as citizens.

Proving citizenship

Guinea has strict rules on who can get a Guinean passport or national identity card. A person must be able to speak a local language and name their parents’ hometown.

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Themes: Statelessness
Regions: West Africa
Year: 2015