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26 nov - The voices of minorities from around the world will be the focus of the 11th United Nations Forum on Minority Issues to be held in Geneva on 29-30 November.

Guided by the UN Special Rapporteur on minority issues, Fernand de Varennes, and chaired by minority rights expert Rita Izsák-Ndiaye, more than 500 participants from governments, the UN, intergovernmental, national and regional organisations, and civil society will discuss and recommend ways to protect and promote the rights of stateless minorities.

“Statelessness is a human rights issue disproportionately affecting minorities. More than three quarters of the world’s known stateless populations belong to minorities,” said de Varennes. “Discriminatory practices, arbitrary nationality requirements and other underlying human rights issues are at the core of the causes of statelessness.”

This year’s agenda will focus on:

  • Root causes and consequences of statelessness affecting minorities - preventing statelessness through a human rights approach; 
  • Statelessness resulting from conflicts, forced population movements and migration affecting minorities - main challenges and possible solutions;
  • Ensuring the right to a nationality for persons belonging to minorities through facilitation of birth registration, naturalisation and citizenship for stateless minorities;
  • Minority women and children affected by statelessness - advancing gender equality in nationality laws.

The two-day discussion will help the Special Rapporteur frame  recommendations to be presented to the UN Human Rights Council in March 2019.

The Forum is open to media, and interviews can be arranged with forum participants.

To watch a video, and for more about the programme and participating speakers, companies and organisations, please visit: https://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/Minority/Pages/Session11.aspx

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