Women and children are disproportionately affected by statelessness. In recognition of this the Statelessness Network Asia Pacific (SNAP) will prioritise promoting information sharing and collaboration on addressing statelessness amongst women and children. See our contribution to the European Network on Statelessness's Blog for further information on SNAP's activities focused on women and children.
The Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion and the Statelessness Network Asia Pacific collaborated with SNAP's members in Japan to develop a joint submission to the Human Rights Council at the 28th Session of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in relation to statelessness, access to nationality and human rights in Japan. This was submitted on 30 March 2017.
A child is being born without nationality somewhere in the world every 10 minutes. A new report “The World’s stateless” and its sister website (www.worldsstateless.org) launched by the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion lays bare the fact that there are over 6 million stateless children in the world today, a problem that is present in most countries and all regions in the world.
At the Conference on Addressing Statelessness in Asia and the Pacific, from 24 to 26 November 2016, representatives from over 40 civil society organisations from across Asia and the Pacific and representatives from UNHCR met in Kuala Lumpur with the aim of building and strengthening cooperation among civil society actors and our collective capacities to address statelessness. A key outcome of the Conference was the launch of SNAP. SNAP’s potential future activities and initiatives, as developed by Conference participants are detailed in the Summary Report for the Conference.
From 6 August 2015 until 10 November 2015, SNAP’s Organising Committee held consultations with stakeholders that work on statelessness globally and/or have experience in establishing civil society networks, to guide the development of SNAP. The results of the consultations are summarised in the Summary Report: Consultations with Stakeholders by SNAP's Organising Committee.