UNHCR Campaign to End Statelessness Update October 2017
Information from around the world including (extracts):
- On 7-9 September in Mauritius, a meeting of experts from Member States of the African Union took place to discuss and review the draft “AU Protocol on Nationality”. The event was organized by the Department of Political Affairs of the African Union Commission with UNHCR’s support. The draft Au Protocol will need to be reviewed by the AU’s Specialized Technical Committees on Migration and Justice and Legal Affairs before it goes forward to Member States for adoption.
- From 14-16 August in South Africa, the Southern Africa Civil Society Forum brought together diverse civil society groups to discuss challenges and to support the realization of the Southern African Development Community agenda on regional integration. As a result, a Plan of Action was approved, which includes advocating for SADC Member States to support adoption of the AU Protocol on the Right to Nationality, and engaging with Member States to design and implement regional and national plans of action to eradicate statelessness.
- In August, the Government of Mali officially adopted its National Action Plan to end statelessness, becoming the fourth country in West Africa to do so.
- On July 9, the Sudanese Supreme Court issued a positive ruling confirming the right of Sudanese women with South Sudanese spouses to confer their Sudanese nationality to their children. The court ruling obliged the Minister of Interior to restore the Sudanese nationality of the applicant without delay. This positive outcome follows a similar ruling by the Constitutional Court last year.
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