Past eventResearch Event

The 50th Anniversary of the Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness: What Progress?

7 July 2011 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Chatham House, London


Mark Manly, Head, Statelessness Unit, UNHCR



The speaker will discuss the various international legal instruments that aim to regulate the status of stateless persons and protect their human rights.

Today, there are an estimated 12 million stateless people in dozens of developed and developing countries around the world. Some have been deprived of their nationality by domestic laws that deliberately exclude minority groups, others never became citizens of any State at birth because of gender discrimination or poorly drafted nationality laws. Millions have been left stateless in the past twenty years because they could not meet the legal requirements to obtain the nationality of a successor State - a problem which could arise imminently in Sudan unless adequate citizenship arrangements are put in place.