Ghana to ratify UN Statelessness Conventions by 2016

Spy Ghana

Ghana has started initiatives that will provide the necessary impetus for it to accede to the United Nations’ Conventions on Statelessness by 2016.

Mr James Agalga, Deputy Minister of the Interior, said alongaside these initiatives, the government recognizes the need to develop an appropriate legal and political policy framework, for preventing statelessness and protecting stateless persons.

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Uncertainty about property rights: AfriForum advises emigrants to protect citizenship

Worldwide

AfriForum noted with concern President Jacob Zuma’s announcement during the State of the Nation Address of 2015 that foreign citizens will no longer be allowed to own land in South Africa, but may only be considered for long term leases. This announcement may also have consequences for South Africans married to foreigners or living abroad.  It will only become clear how they will be affected when the bill on this subject is submitted to Parliament.

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UN Tackles Statelessness in West Africa

Voice of America

The Economic Community of West African States is holding its first ministerial conference on statelessness this week in Abidjan. The United Nations said at least 750,000 people in West Africa are denied a nationality. Where Sierra Leonean refugees say both Guinea and Sierra Leone refuse to recognize them as citizens.

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ECOWAS members adopt a Declaration on Eradication of Statelessness in West Africa

UNHCR

Following two days of high-level consultations on 23-24 February, Member States of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) adopted today a Declaration on the prevention, reduction and elimination of statelessness in West Africa at a joint UNHCR/ECOWAS Ministerial Conference hosted by the Government of Côte d’Ivoire.

At least 750,000 people are stateless or at risk of statelessness in the region and, as such, are often subject to life in limbo, with limited access to education, healthcare, and employment. They are also vulnerable to discrimination and abuse as they have no legal existence and are not recognized in the eyes of the law.

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Côte d’Ivoire to host a decisive UNHCR / ECOWAS Conference to end statelessness in West Africa

UNHCR

UNHCR and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) are holding this week a ministerial conference to end statelessness in West Africa – the first of its kind on the African continent. The event takes place tomorrow (25 February) in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, and aims at finding regional solutions to prevent, reduce and ultimately eliminate statelessness in the sub-region.
It is preceded on 23 and 24 February by two days of high-level level technical debates among experts in the field of nationality and statelessness.

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