Joint Submission to the Human Rights Council at the 34th Session of the Universal Periodic Review: Madagascar
Source: Focus Development Association, the Global Campaign for Equal Nationality Rights (GCENR) and the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion
1. Focus Development Association, the Global Campaign for Equal Nationality Rights (GCENR) and the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion (the Institute) make this joint submission to the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) on the human rights challenges pertaining to gender discrimination in the nationality law and denial of the right to a nationality in Madagascar.
2. This submission focuses on:
I. Gender discrimination in the nationality law of Madagascar that denies women the right to confer nationality on non-national spouseson an equal basis with men; and
II. The denial of the right to a nationality and resultant statelessness and human rights challenges faced by minority communities in Madagascar, such as those of Indo-Pakistani and Comorian descent, and people of mainland African origin.
3. This submission draws on extensive national and international experience of the co-submitting organisations in research, advocacy, direct service provision and awareness raising on the above issues.
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