WEBSITE UPDATE

NFA has updated our website to include information about our activities in the last two years, add downloadable resources such as the UPR submissions done by SNAP and NFA  in collaboration with various CSOs on statelessness and upload more information about the situation of statelessness in the Asia Pacific region

NFA and CAPN jointly produced a podcast on statelessness titled ‘State of Statelessness’. The State of Statelessness (SOS) is an audio-video podcast series dedicated to the stories of persons affected by the discriminatory citizenship legal provisions in Nepal. Where stateless persons, lawyers, and activists shared their stories of being affected by statelessness or working on the issue. NFA also produced a citizenship video highlighting the discriminatory citizenship provisions in the constitution, and the consequences of it reflected in the new Citizenship Amendment Bill. Both the citizenship video and the SOS podcasts can be found on the website.

In the coming months, NFA will be uploading additional studies on statelessness after the launch of our forthcoming report Statelessness Encyclopedia Asia Pacific (SEAP). This report will cover a broad understanding of the legal and administrative frameworks as they apply to citizenship regimes of all countries across the Asia-Pacific Region. SEAP would provide regional and sub-regional overviews with regions defined as East Asia, the Pacific, South Asia, and Southeast Asia.

NFA will be posting more information about our history as SNAP, and the amazing work done by the former members of SNAP. Please check out our updated website and share your feedback with us.


CSO Consultation on Forming a Regional Alliance on Statelessness in the Asia Pacific

A group picture of the participants at the CSO Consultation in Bangkok.

NFA organized a regional CSO Consultation on Forming a Regional Alliance inviting interested CSOs and the Advisory Group members on November 2 and 3, 2022 in Bangkok, Thailand. 18 CSO representatives and 7 Advisory Group members attended the event. The following participants attended the event.

Civil Society Organization (CSO) Participants

SNNameOrganizationCountry (Travelling From)
1.  Angshuman ChoudharyRight to Nationality and Citizenship Network (RNCN)India
2.  Bina RamanandFamily FrontiersMalaysia
3.  Daniel AwigraHuman Rights Working Group (HRWG)Indonesia
4.  Deepti GurungCitizenship Affected People's Network (CAPN)Nepal
5.  Jeanie KimDuroo - Association of Public Interest Law / Universal Birth Registration Network (South Korea)Republic of Korea
6.  Khalid HussainCouncil of MinoritiesBangladesh
7.  Maalini RamaloDHRRA MalaysiaMalaysia
8.  Marianne Carmel B. AgunoyAteneo Human Rights CenterThe Philippines
9.  Melinda Anne SharliniFamily FrontiersMalaysia
10.   Muhammad NoorRohingya ProjectMalaysia
11.   Myo WinSmile MyanmarMyanmar
12.   Ravi HemadriDevelopment and Justice Initiative (DAJI)India
13.   Rizka ArgadiantiSUAKAIndonesia
14.   Sabin ShresthaForum for Women, Law and Development (FWLD)Nepal
15.   Suyheang KryWomen Peace Makers (WPM)Cambodia
16.   Tahera HasanImkaan Welfare OrganizationPakistan
17.   YadanaBraveheart FoundationMyanmar
18.   Yu Nandar KyawSmile MyanmarMyanmar

 Advisory Group Members

SNNameOrganizationCountry (Travelling From)
1Aashish YadavJindal Global Law SchoolIndia
2Bongkot NapaumpornPeter McMullin Centre on StatelessnessAustralia
3Christoph SperfeldtMacquarie UniversityAustralia
4Chulhyo KimJeonbuk National UniversityRepublic of Korea
5Grant MitchellInstitute on Statelessness and Inclusion (ISI)The Netherlands
6Hannah GordonNorthern Community Legal CentreAustralia
7Victor KarunanMahidol UniversityThailand

 

The two-day consultation event came up with the following outcomes:

  1. Identification of key areas of work for the Regional Alliance
  •   Data collection and knowledge building on statelessness through research, capacity strengthening of CSOs, awareness-raising programs, and rapid response services to stateless persons and activists, were identified as key areas for the regional alliance to work on.
  •   Human rights advocacy and engagement with UN agencies and government bodies were identified as areas that the regional alliance should also focus on, but they need to further be deliberated upon on how to do them strategically.
  1. Thematic Focus, Structure, and Activities of the Regional Alliance

It was decided that it is too early to discuss the thematic focus, structure, and activities of the Regional Alliance at this early stage. However, NFA was advised to consult with the former Board members and other active members of SNAP before preparing the concept papers on the thematic focus, structure, and activities of the Regional Alliance.

  1. Next Steps
  •   NFA will create an email group comprising all the Alliance members and will share regular updates of any statelessness-related work including information on any regional or global event on statelessness
  •   NFA will meet one on one to consult with the former SNAP Board members to take their suggestions on the formation of the regional alliance and ask if they would be interested to join
  •   After the consultation with the former SNAP Board members, NFA will organize a virtual meeting of the Advisory Group members for further suggestions on the Concept Papers
  •   NFA will prepare the following documents and share them with the alliance members for comments and review before the next in-person meeting of the CSOs
    • An Options Paper on the Structure of the Regional Alliance based on the key areas identified
    • A Concept Paper on the Thematic Focus of the Regional Alliance
    • A Concept Paper on the Activities of the Regional Alliance based on the key areas identified
  •   CSOs and Advisory Group members will provide their inputs and comments on the documents
  •   NFA will organize another in-person consultation to discuss the Options Paper and the Concept Papers which will include additional sessions on Self-Care and possibly invite government representatives to share good practices in one of the sessions
  1. Timeline of the Next Steps
SNActionsTimeline
1Consult with former Board Members of SNAPNovember - December 2022
2Virtual Meeting of the Advisory Group membersJanuary 2023
3Preparation of Concept Papers on Structure, Thematic Focus and ActivitiesJanuary - February 2023
4Inputs by the CSOs and Advisory Group Members on the Concept PapersMarch 2023
5In-person CSO ConsultationsApril/May 2023

WORLD CONFERENCE ON STATELESSNESS 2024

SOLIDARITY, KNOWLEDGE & CHANGE

The next World Conference on Statelessness will be held in February 2024 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Organized by the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion (ISI), Nationality for All (NFA), and Development of Human Resources for Rural Areas (DHRRA) Malaysia, the conference will bring together up to 300 participants with lived and learned experiences of statelessness - advocates, activists, academics, artists, community leaders, UN, and government representatives – for a much-needed conversation about the right to nationality and statelessness around the world. The conference will center on those with lived experiences of statelessness. Its program will focus on the three themes of solidarity, knowledge & change, and will be consultatively developed to respond to the interests and needs of the field.

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WHAT: The 2nd World Conference on Statelessness
WHEN: February 2024
WHERE: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Civil Society Organization Consultations on Forming a Regional Alliance on Statelessness

NFA is organizing a Consultation with Civil Society Organizations on forming a regional alliance on statelessness on November 2 and 3, 2022 in Bangkok, Thailand. 16 organizations from the Asia Pacific region are attending this event along with 7 Advisory group members.

The two-day consultation event will provide an opportunity for the CSOs to learn more about each others’ work and collectively discuss and decide whether a regional alliance on statelessness would contribute to their national and regional advocacy efforts on statelessness. The CSOs will be supported by experts on the issue who are members of the Advisory Group of this process.

The participating organizations are as follows:

SNOrganization
1Right to Nationality and Citizenship Network (RNCN)
2Family Frontiers
3Human Rights Working Group (HRWG)
4Citizenship Affected People's Network (CAPN)
5Duroo - Association of Public Interest Law / Universal Birth Registration Network (South Korea)
6Council of Minorities
7DHRRA Malaysia
8Ateneo Human Rights Center
9Rohingya Project
10Development and Justice Initiative (DAJI)
11SUAKA
12Forum for Women, Law and Development (FWLD)
13Women Peace Makers (WPM)
14Imkaan Welfare Organization
15Smile Myanmar
16Braveheart Foundation

The members of the Advisory Group are as follows:

SNNameOrganization
1Aashish YadavJindal Global Law School
2Bongkot NapaumpornPeter McMullin Centre on Statelessness
3Christoph SperfeldtMacquarie University
4Chulhyo KimJeonbuk National University
5Grant MitchellInstitute on Statelessness and Inclusion (ISI)
6Hannah GordonNorthern Community Legal Centre
7Victor KarunanMahidol University
8Hafsar TameesuddinAsia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN)