Intergovernmental Bodies

UNHCR Campaign to End Statelessness Update Apr-Jun 2021

Published: 9/Jul/2021
Source: UNHCR

Extracts relevant to Africa: Mobilizing governments and civil society On 25 May, the League of Arab States (LAS), in partnership with UNHCR, convened the virtual “Arab Regional Conference: Towards an Action Plan on Belonging and Legal Identity”. The conference resulted…

Background Note on Sex Discrimination in Birth Registration

Published: 6/Jul/2021
Source: UNHCR & UNICEF

Introduction Birth registration is a fundamental right and an enabler of other rights as it bestows a legal identity on children for life. If a child is not registered, they do not officially exist and are vulnerable to violence, abuse,…

UNHCR Southern Africa Statelessness Newsletter April – June 2021

Published: 1/Jul/2021
Source: UNHCR Southern Africa

Great news for Sihle Collen Nxumalo, who finally received documents confirming his South African nationality. Until then, Sihle lived a stateless life. Following an interview on Morning Live, the Leanne Manas Show, Sihle’s case was successfully processed by the Department…

Arab League: Towards a Regional Action Plan on Belonging and Legal Identity

Published: 25/May/2021
Source: League of Arab States & UNHCR

On 25 May 2021, LAS in cooperation with UNHCR and the General Secretariat of the Arab Interior Ministers’ Council organized the regional meeting: Towards a Regional Action Plan on Belonging and Legal Identity, in the presence of representatives from the…

UNHCR Campaign to End Statelessness Update Jan-Mar 2021

Published: 19/Apr/2021
Source: UNHCR

Extracts relevant to Africa: Mobilizing governments and civil society Following a 2020 petition for the recognition of the stateless Pemba as Kenyan nationals hearings were held, in February and March 2021, by the Parliamentary Committee on Administration and National Security…

UNHCR Southern Africa Statelessness Newsletter January – March 2021

Published: 31/Mar/2021
Source: UNHCR Southern Africa

60TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE 1961 CONVENTION 2021 marks the 60th anniversary of the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness. The 1961 Convention is the only universal instrument that elaborates clear and concrete safeguards to prevent the occurrence of statelessness.…