S. Sudan seeks to accede to UN Convention on Statelessness

[Right to left] First Vice-President, Dr. Riek Machar and President Salva Kiir Mayardit |Photo:File

October 2, 2020 (Thessherald)–Meeting in Juba on Thursday – the Governance Cluster chaired by the First Vice-President, Dr. Riek Machar, passed a draft proposal seeking the state’s ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness.

“Governance Cluster meeting today chaired by the First Vice President, H.E. Dr. Riek Machar Teny, discussed, passed and recommended the UN Convention on Statelessness,” said the Office of the First Vice-President.

The United Nations Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness is a treaty signed by 75 countries around the world and obligates each member state to ensure that no one is left stateless.

In a statement to the media, the Press Secretary in the Office of the Vice-President, James Gatdet said that the proposal is now ready to be presented to the Council of Ministers for approval.

After approval for the Council of Ministers, the Convention will be tabled before the Revitalized-Transitional National Legislative (R-TNA) for final approval.

“After its recommendation today by the Governance Cluster, the Convention will be tabled before the Council of Ministers meeting for approval and then sent to the parliament for rectification [ratification] so that it becomes a law.”

Since gaining independence in 2011, South Sudan has signed a number of United Nations and African Union treaties.

In 2016, the country acceded to the 1969 OAU Convention Governing the Specific Aspects of Refugees Problems in Africa, making it the 46th country to ratify the Convention.

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