The parliament would co-host the conference with the Inter-Parliamentary Union and the office of the UN refugee agency (UNHCR).


About 150 delegates and observers are expected to attend the conference under the theme: the Role of Parliaments in Preventing and Ending Statelessness.

Statelessness, or the absence of nationality, is a problem affecting at least 10 million people globally.
In addition to the indignity of being without nationality, stateless persons are often denied basic rights, such as access to education and health care.

“While statelessness is a serious problem, it is one which can be resolved and parliamentarians can play a vital role in achieving law reforms to prevent, reduce and, ultimately, end statelessness worldwide,” the parliament said in a statement.

UNHCR High Commissioner Antonio Guterres said the most vulnerable victims of this situation are children.

“The objective of this kind of discrimination is to make them non-beings, to make them disappear. We must make sure there is a very strong commitment to make the world more humane world and end childhood statelessness,” he said.

South Africa would cooperate with international organizations to prevent and end statelessness, the parliament said.

The conference aims to identify parliamentary strategies that could help support the UNHCR’s campaign to end statelessness within 10 years. Enditem

Source: Xinhua


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