African governments must focus on eliminating statelessness – PAP

Published: 17/Oct/2017
Source: The Citizen (South Africa) / African News Agency

A report on the right to nationality in Africa, which urges governments to prevent risks that lead to statelessness, was presented on Tuesday morning at the Fifth Ordinary Session of the Pan African Parliament (PAP), which is being held at the Gallagher Conference Centre.

The report was a result of a workshop, held in August by the PAP Committee on Justice and Human Rights and the Committee on Rules, Privileges and Discipline on the right to nationality in collaboration with the South African Lawyers for Human Rights.

Representatives of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) made presentations.

Governments were encouraged to focus on eliminating the risks that lead to statelessness by implementing several initiatives such as ensuring compulsory issuance of birth certificates at every medical facility at birth.

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Themes: Identity Documents, Birth Registration, Statelessness
Regions: Pan Africa
Year: 2017