Case watch: An African victory in the struggle against statelessness

Published: 4/Oct/2011
Source: OSF

By Laura Bingham, legal officer for the equality/citizenship issue area of the Open Society Justice Initiative.

A decision by an African regional children’s rights committee delivered on behalf of tens of thousands of children in Kenya who grow up without citizenship rights has set a new standard for tribunals  both in Africa and around the world in the battle against statelessness. The African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child  (ACERWC) said in a decision released on September 30 that Kenya’s laws and practices related to acquisition and proof of citizenship discriminate against children from its Nubian minority,  based on their ethnicity, leaving Nubian children stateless or vulnerable to statelessness.

Read further on OSF website : Case Watch: An African Victory in the Struggle against Statelessness

Themes: African standards, Discrimination, Ethnic/Racial/Religious, Statelessness
Regions: East Africa, Kenya
Year: 2011