UNHCR Southern Africa Statelessness Newsletter January – March 2021
Source: UNHCR Southern Africa
60TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE 1961 CONVENTION
2021 marks the 60th anniversary of the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness.
The 1961 Convention is the only universal instrument that elaborates clear and concrete safeguards to prevent the occurrence of statelessness. Accession to the 1961 Convention equips States to avoid and resolve nationality-related disputes.
- 4 countries only have ratified the 1961 Convention, Angola, Eswatini, Lesotho and Mozambique, with Angola being the last country to accede in October 2019
- 8 countries have pledged to accede, Comoros, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar, Malawi, The Republic of Congo, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe
- 3 countries have already initiated accession procedures, the Republic of Congo, Namibia and Zambia.
Awareness and Advocacy
Strengthening governmental policy
Strengthening birth registration
Protecting stateless people
Issuing nationality documents