Over the next twelve months the Statelessness Network Asia Pacific (SNAP) will facilitate a series of interactive capacity-strengthening webinars, which are open to both members and non-members of SNAP.
The webinars will be conducted in English and recordings of the webinars will be available on SNAP's website. We also hope to translate the recordings of SNAP’s webinars into other languages useful to members working in Asia and the Pacific, once we secure further resources to do so.
28 September 2017 at 7pm Bangkok time
Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) is the continuous, permanent, compulsory and universal recording of the occurrence and characteristics of vital events of the population in accordance with the law. Vital events can include births, marriages, adoptions, divorces and deaths.
For SNAP’s third webinar on 28 September 2017 our presenters, Laura Bingham (Managing Legal Officer at the Open Society Justice Initiative) and Clara Siagian (Technical Associate for Birth Registration at PUSKAPA - the Centre on Child Protection and Wellbeing, University of Indonesia) will explore how accurate and universal CRVS systems are essential for addressing statelessness, including an analysis of specific interventions that have aimed to both strengthen CRVS systems and address statelessness.
CLICK HERE to register for SNAP’s webinar on 28 September 2017 (and to receive instructions on how to join the webinar). The webinar is open to both members and non-members of SNAP.
The webinar will be conducted in English and a recording of the webinar will be available on SNAP's website shortly. We hope to translate the recordings of SNAP’s webinars into other languages useful to members working in Asia and the Pacific, once we secure further resources to do so.
ABOUT THE PRESENTERS
Laura Bingham serves as managing legal officer for the equality/citizenship issue area of the Open Society Justice Initiative. Laura previously worked as a litigation associate at Debevoise & Plimpton, LLP, based in New York and as a law clerk to U.S. district court judges Hon. Lawrence F. Stengel (Eastern District of Pennsylvania) and Hon. Raymond J. Dearie (Chief Judge, Eastern District of New York). She received a JD from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, Order of the Coif. During law school, Laura worked for the ICTR as a legal intern and spent a semester in Senegal researching the potential trial of former Chadian dictator Hissène Habré, for torture and crimes against humanity. Before law school, she completed a master’s degree in human rights law at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary, made possible through a Rotary International Ambassadorial scholarship.
Clara Siagian is recognised as a leader on engaging with decision makers and civil society actors as to the importance of CRVS as a human rights and development issue. Clara is currently working on a research project with Indonesian Ministry of Planning and Development on Civil Registration and Basic Services as part of her role as the Technical Associate for Birth Registration with PUSKAPA (Centre on Child Protection and Wellbeing, University of Indonesia). She is also a member of Suaka, the Indonesian Civil Society Network for Refugee Rights Protection. Previously, Clara worked with the World Bank on disability mapping in Eastern Indonesia
For our second webinar on 4 July 2017 from 2:00-3:30pm Bangkok time our presenters, Stephen Blight of UNICEF’s East Asia and Pacific Regional Office and Nicholas Oakeshott of UNHCR’s Regional Office in Bangkok explored the topic of “Childhood Statelessness”.
This included a discussion of the causes and consequences of childhood statelessness, and potential strategies for addressing childhood statelessness..
ABOUT THE PRESENTERS:
Stephen Blight is the Child Protection Advisor for UNICEF's East Asia and Pacific Regional Office. In this role, he provides technical support and oversight of UNICEF's child protection programmes in 13 country offices in the region. There is a specific focus in his work on building national child protection systems to prevent and respond to violence against children, to improve access to justice, to strengthen birth registration, and to address child protection in humanitarian and cross-border settings. In preparation for this role, Stephen led UNICEF's child protection work from 2006 to 2014 in three major country programmes: Sudan, South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Prior to his work with UNICEF, Stephen served as Country Director and Deputy Country Director for Save the Children in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Ethiopia; Programme Representative for Oxfam GB in Algeria; and Country Representative for CARE International in Zaire and Burundi. Stephen is also an accomplished socio-economist with professional specialization in rural development, including research and practice in community agriculture, fisheries and livestock development in Guinea, Kenya and Thailand. Stephen began his professional career as an evaluation specialist with the Canadian International Development Agency. Stephen has obtained a Bachelor's of Environmental Studies Degree from the University of Waterloo and a Master's Degree in Human Geography from Carleton University.
Nicholas Oakeshott is the Regional Protection Officer (Statelessness) at UNHCR’s Regional Office for Southeast Asia, providing technical support and strategic guidance to UNHCR’s activities under statelessness mandate in 13 countries in the region and leading UNHCR’s engagement with ASEAN on this issue. He also acts as UNHCR’s focal point on the regional initiative to improve Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) in Asia and the Pacific and on the Global CRVS Group. Before joining UNHCR, he began his career by practising as a barrister in the UK and working in a number of roles for NGOs that specialised in providing legal advice and representation to asylum seekers and refugees. He was also a visiting lecturer at the University of Westminster, City University and the College of Law. He jointly supervised, researched and wrote the study entitled 'Mapping Statelessness in the United Kingdom', which was published in 2011 and resulted in the UK implementing a Statelessness Determination Procedure. Nicholas holds a M.A. in Modern History from Oxford University, a Diploma in Law from City University and a LL.M in International Human Rights Law with Distinction from the University of Essex, sharing the prize for the highest academic achievement in the year.
For our first webinar on 1 June 2017 at 2pm Bangkok time, our presenters Professor Chowdhury Abrar and Zahra Albarazi explored the topic “What is statelessness (and what it is not)”.
This discussion focused on the following sub-topics:
1. The human rights implications of statelessness
2. Statelessness in international law
3. Considering statelessness in Asia and the Pacific
4. The links between statelessness and gender discrimination, barriers to civil registration and documentation, arbitrary detention and migration
We welcome your feedback on Webinar #1. We have compiled an anonymous, ten-question survey for your feedback, which can be accessed here.
ABOUT THE PRESENTERS:
Professor Chowdhury Abrar is the Executive Director at the Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit (RMMRU) and Professor of International Relations at the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. For more than a decade he has conducted research and engaged in advocacy and public interest litigation on behalf of Rohingya communities and the camp-dwelling Urdu speaking community in Bangladesh. Professor Abrar is also SNAP’s Focal Point on Research-based Advocacy.
Ms Zahra Albarazi is a Senior Researcher at the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion. Her area of specialisation is the nexus between statelessness and forced displacement, and the link between discrimination and statelessness. This includes work on gender inequality in nationality law. Geographically, her work has focused mainly on statelessness and nationality in the Middle East and Africa region. Alongside her work at the Institute, on Statelessness and Inclusion Ms Albarazi is enrolled as a PhD researcher at Tilburg Law School. She is also a Board member of the Syrian Legal Development Programme. Ms Albarazi has been working on the issue of statelessness since 2010, and has been involved in conducting studies on statelessness for UNHCR, WRC, IRC, NRC the Open Society Justice Initiative and Amel House of Human Rights. She holds an LLM in International Law from Leeds University, and enjoys teaching and training on the issue of statelessness.