CERD: General Recommendation No.30 on discrimination against non-citizens

Published: 4/May/2005
Source: UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

UN Document HRI/GEN/1/Rev.7/Add.1

Part IV, on Access to Citizenship calls on states to adopt the following measures:

13. Ensure that particular groups of non-citizens are not discriminated against with regard to access to citizenship or naturalization, and to pay due attention to possible barriers to naturalization that may exist for long-term or permanent residents;

14. Recognize that deprivation of citizenship on the basis of race, colour, descent, or national or ethnic origin is a breach of States parties’ obligations to ensure non-discriminatory enjoyment of the right to nationality;

15. Take into consideration that in some cases denial of citizenship for long-term or permanent residents could result in creating disadvantage for them in access to employment and social benefits, in violation of the Convention’s anti-discrimination principles;

16. Reduce statelessness, in particular statelessness among children, by, for example, encouraging their parents to apply for citizenship on their behalf and allowing both parents to transmit their citizenship to their children;

17.Regularize the status of former citizens of predecessor States who now reside within the jurisdiction of the State party.

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Themes: International standards, Discrimination, Ethnic/Racial/Religious, Statelessness
Regions: International
Year: 2005