Good Practices Paper – Action 9: Acceding to the UN Statelessness Conventions

Published: 28/Apr/2015
Source: UNHCR

Action 9 of the Global Action Plan calls on States to accede to the UN Statelessness Conventions. Statelessness remains a significant global issue even though two international treaties exist to prevent and reduce the phenomenon and protect stateless persons. The 1954 Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons (1954 Statelessness Convention) sets out the definition of a stateless person and prescribes minimum standards for his or her treatment, while the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness (1961 Statelessness Convention) establishes the rules that States must follow to prevent statelessness at birth and later in life. Increasing the number of States that are party to these Conventions will bolster the effort to end statelessness worldwide.

Includes regional focus on efforts in West Africa.

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Themes: International standards, Statelessness
Regions: International, West Africa
Year: 2015