Strategy Meeting: Childhood Statelessness and Human Rights

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7 July 2017 New York, USA

Co-Sponsored with the Human Rights Funders Network

Described by the Chair of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child as “the invisible of the invisible” there are more than 6 million stateless children in the world today, with a child being born stateless every 10 minutes. Childhood statelessness is a phenomenon in most countries and all regions in the world.A child may be left stateless in many different circumstances, including: due to inter-generational exclusion, as a result of gender or ethnic discrimination in nationality laws, because the child’s mother was incarcerated at the time of birth, due to the failure to regulate the complex legal terrain of international commercial surrogacy, in the context of trafficking, conflict and displacement, due to the failure to register births, as an unintended by-product of the lack of harmonisation of nationality rules and practices globally.

A child may be left stateless in many different circumstances, including: due to inter-generational exclusion, as a result of gender or ethnic discrimination in nationality laws, because the child’s mother was incarcerated at the time of birth, due to the failure to regulate the complex legal terrain of international commercial surrogacy, in the context of trafficking, conflict and displacement, due to the failure to register births, as an unintended by-product of the lack of harmonisation of nationality rules and practices globally. Human rights mechanisms, development frameworks and protection mechanisms for refugees and the stateless all offer tools and strategies that can be Human rights mechanisms, development frameworks and protection mechanisms for refugees and the stateless all offer tools and strategies that can be utilised to address this issue. Indeed, the fight to realise every child’s right to a nationality is increasingly being taken up across the globe – and in a wide array of contexts. This strategy meeting was held to discuss the role of funders in addressing childhood statelessness.