UNHCR commemorates 2 years of the #IBelong campaign to eradicate global statelessness

Published: 27/Oct/2016
Source: UNHCR

Significant progress has been made to eradicate statelessness around the world, but ongoing conflicts are putting those advances at risk. Marking the second anniversary of the global #IBelong Campaign to End Statelessness, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Mr. Filippo Grandi, renewed the call for a concerted effort by the international community to put an end to statelessness- a human rights injustice that affects at least 10 million people globally.

Since the #IBelong Campaign was launched in 2014 with the ambition of wiping out statelessness by 2024, ten additional States have become Parties to the UN Statelessness Conventions- treaties that contain measures to help prevent and reduce statelessness.  In addition, countries such as Côte d’Ivoire, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia and Thailand have made significant strides to reduce the number of stateless persons in their respective territories. Thailand, for example, has confirmed Thai nationality for some 23,000 formerly stateless persons over the last three and a half years.

In Kenya, the Government has recently promised to grant citizenship to the Makonde, an ethnic minority group of approximately 6,000 people with origins in Mozambique, many of whom have lived in Kenya since the State’s independence more than half a century ago.

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Themes: Statelessness
Regions: Kenya, International
Year: 2016