Source: We.com.na / NAMPA
Cabinet has instructed the Ministry of Home Affairs to draft relevant legislation to legalise the status of undocumented and stateless persons in the country.
The Minister of Information and Communication Technology Peya Mushelenga last week announced this as part of the Cabinet decisions from the first 2021 Decision Making Meeting on 2 February.
“Cabinet took note of the problem of stateless and undocumented persons, as well as challenges experienced in the implementation of the Cabinet Decision on phasing out of the South West Africa Identity Documents (SWA IDs). Cabinet directed the Ministry of Home Affairs, Immigration, Safety and Security to draft relevant legislation to regularise the status of undocumented and stateless persons in Namibia,” he said.
The same ministry has been directed to commence with consultations on the potential ratifications of the 1954 United Nations Convention relating to the status of stateless persons and the 1961 United Nations Convention on the reduction of stateless persons, Mushelenga added.
Mushelenga said the Minister of Gender Equality, Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare has been authorised to table the said protocol in the National Assembly for ratification.