Geneva – The Geneva Council for Rights and Liberties, joined 105 Civil Society Organizations to address an urgent call to States, UN agencies, donors and other stakeholders to learn lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic and take sustained action to correct past mistakes and priorities protecting stateless people’s rights and the right to nationality.
This is the second joint initiative lead by the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion, previously in June 2020, 84 civil society actors issued a joint statement ‘In Solidarity with the Stateless’ calling on: States, UN agencies, human rights, humanitarian and public health actors, donors and the media to address the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on stateless people and those at risk of statelessness.
One year on, the concerns expressed in that statement remain largely unaddressed, with the situation of stateless people further deteriorating, partly due to failures to acknowledge and respond to their specific contexts and uphold their rights. Moreover, new concerns and challenges .
The new statement includes a number of recommendations urging States, UN agencies, donors and other stakeholders to contribute to learning lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic and to take effective and sustainable measures to remedy deficiencies, correct past mistakes, protect the rights of stateless persons, and work to promote the right to a nationality
full statement here: