A cartoon to help eradicate statelessness
Some 750,000 people in West Africa are victims of this plight
UNHCR is launching an animation film on statelessness on the occasion of the 74th Ordinary Session of the Council Ministers of the member States of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), being held in Accra on 15 and 16 May.
Statelessness is one of the important topics of discussion at the Accra meeting. At least 750,000 people are stateless or at risk of statelessness in West Africa, and more than 10 million throughout the world. The ministerial conference of the ECOWAS region, which took place in Abidjan in February 2015, was dedicated to the problem of statelessness. It was the occasion for the member States of this sub-regional institution to commit, alongside UNHCR, to eradicating this plight by 2024.This film illustrates the circumstances that lead many people in this region and beyond to become stateless, and invites Governments to improve their laws on nationality. Stateless people do not have a nationality and are not recognized as citizens by any State under the operation of its law. This situation has a negative impact on people’s lives because possessing a nationality is very often a prerequisite for the enjoyment of all other human rights, including access to education, healthcare and legal services.
Quelque 750 000 personnes en Afrique de l’Ouest sont victimes de ce fléau.