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South Africa: Two-year extension for Zimbabwe and Lesotho permit holders

Published: 1/Déc/2023
Source: GroundUp (Cape Town)

New permits to be issued to the approximately 233,000 existing permit holders By Joseph Chirume Minister of Home Affairs Aaron Motsoaledi announced on Friday that new permits will be issued for holders of the Lesotho Exemption Permit (LEP) and the […]

Advocacy grows for Nigeria to tidy up voter register, accept ID cards for voting

Published: 28/Nov/2023
Source: Biometric Update

By Ayang McDonald A former Chairman of Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Attahiru Jega, has highlighted the need for the country to thoroughly clean up its voter’s registration database if it must effectively fight electoral fraud. According to […]

Statelessness: Why Nationality Rights Are Crucial For African Women

Published: 28/Nov/2023
Source: Equality Now

Nationality rights encompass the legal acknowledgement of an individual’s connection to a specific nation. It confers upon them the status of a citizen or a national. These rights are especially significant for women, granting them the vital ability to pass […]

En RDC, la « congolité » au cœur des crispations de la campagne présidentielle

Published: 27/Nov/2023
Source: Le Monde (Paris)

Par Coralie Pierret A l’approche des scrutins généraux du 20 décembre, les discours incendiaires contre les « faux Congolais » ont ressurgi et gagnent du terrain. Fiston s’avance timidement dans la discothèque. En cette heure matinale à Goma, l’une des principales villes de […]

As an African, is it easy to obtain a passport in your country?

Published: 24/Nov/2023
Source: Ghana Business News

By Emmanuel K Dogbevi Applying for and getting a travel document such as a passport in most African countries can be a traumatic experience for most citizens. Despite advances in technology, which normally should improve service delivery in particular for […]

Somali Cabinet okays CRVS bill, seeks digital ID collaboration with Ethiopia

Published: 21/Nov/2023
Source: Biometric Update

By Ayang Macdonald Somalia’s Cabinet Ministers have approved a draft civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) legislation, a major step forward in the country’s quest to modernize its citizen identification system after many years of political turmoil. The document, submitted […]

Reprieve for Kenyans as court halts new passports, ID charges

Published: 12/Nov/2023
Source: The Standard (Kenya)

By Kamau Muthoni The High Court in Nairobi has frozen a gazette notice introducing new charges for all identification documents issued by the government. Justice Lawrence Mugambi’s orders follow a case by Nakuru-based surgeon Gikenyi Magayi challenging the new charges […]

Press statement on the release of the white paper on Citizenship, Immigration and Refugee Protection: Towards a complete overhaul of the migration system in South Africa

Published: 12/Nov/2023
Source: South African Department of Home Affairs

The Director-General of the Department of Home Affairs; Commissioner: Border Management Authority; Members of the Refugee Appeals Authority; Members of the Standing Committee on Refugee Affairs; Senior Management of the Department of Home Affairs; Journalists of various media houses; All […]

S Africa Radical changes proposed in white paper on citizenship, migration

Published: 12/Nov/2023
Source: The Sunday Times (Johannesburg)

By Ernest Mabuza The Citizenship Act and Births and Deaths Registration Act must be repealed in their entirely and included in a single piece of legislation dealing with citizenship, immigration and refugee protection. This is one of the proposals contained […]