JOINT STATEMENT | Centre for Human Rights and SANN call for the adoption and ratification of the Draft Protocol on Statelessness in Africa
Source: Southern African Nationality Network
The Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, and the Southern African Nationality Network (SANN) call on African states, including members of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), to endorse the adoption of the Draft Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Specific Aspects of the Right to a Nationality and the Eradication of Statelessness in Africa (Draft Protocol) and to subsequently ratify it. We also call on the Government of South Africa to take leadership in urging other SADC members to endorse the adoption of the Draft Protocol and to subsequently ratify it.
We note that the consideration and adoption of the Draft Protocol on Statelessness is scheduled for 7 and 8 December 2022 respectively, and urge delegations of African states, particularly those from SADC – where statelessness affects a significant number of people – to endorse the adoption of the Draft Protocol and to ratify it.