[Featured Resource] Childhood Statelessness in South Africa

This week’s resource comes to us from South Africa by the The Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion, and Lawyers for Human Rights. In addition to the recent policy brief on the implementation of Nubian minors’ decision on nationality rights in Kenya (published last month by @laurabingham), these two resources highlight the plight of stateless children and how this issue is largely ignored, preventable, and sadly increasing in many places.

More about the resource Childhood Statelessness in South Africa:

This short publication presents the experiences of 9 children who have been let down by the system, denied their right to acquire a nationality and rendered stateless in South Africa. The many issues that come to rise through their stories and the proposed solutions were brought to the attention of the Committee on the Rights of the Child (the Committee) by Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) and the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion (ISI) in a joint submission to the Committee in 2015.

You can access the resource in our library at the following link:

As always, please let us know your thoughts on either resource or whether you have questions for the authors in either case.


The Featured Resource is a short profile of a key resource found in the resource library of the Global Legal Empowerment Network. These resources can be older or brand new, but they all touch on important themes within legal empowerment. If you have a resource you would like to profile with the network, upload it directly at this link or email it to community@namati.org.

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