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The Central Asian Network on Statelessness – from Azizbek Ashurov

 The Central Asian Network on Statelessness (CANS) was launched in June 2016 with a membership of 11 NGOs and activists from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. CANS was established to:

The Statelessness Network Asia Pacific – from Davina Wadley

At the Conference on Addressing Statelessness in Asia and the Pacific (‘the Conference’), which was held from 24 to 26 November 2016, representatives from over 40 civil society organisations from across Asia and the Pacific and from UNHCR met in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, with the aim of building and strengthening cooperation among civil society actors and participants’ collective capacities to address statelessness.

A key outcome of the Conference was the launch the Statelessness Network Asia Pacific (SNAP). The goal of SNAP is to prevent and resolve statelessness in Asia and the Pacific.

Civil society actors are in a unique position to respond to the challenge of statelessness in Asia and the Pacific through existing direct engagement with stateless populations and decision makers. However, currently, there is limited collaboration and information sharing between civil society actors on activities focused on preventing and resolving statelessness. SNAP aims to bridge this gap. Collaboration and exchange between civil society actors will enhance individual actors’ impact and create opportunities for collective action. SNAP will work on statelessness through strategic partnerships on three, key long term objectives:

Objective 1: To strengthen and support, and build solidarity and cooperation between stateless communities, civil society actors and other stakeholders working on nationality, statelessness and related issues

Objective 2: To increase knowledge, visibility and understanding on the right to nationality and the issue of statelessness amongst civil society actors and other stakeholders

Objective 3: To develop and support initiatives that promote practical solutions to statelessness at national and regional levels

 SNAP’s potential future activities and initiatives, as developed by Conference participants are detailed in the Summary Report for the Conference.

 SNAP’s Organising Committee has engaged a Coordinator to facilitate the development and implementation of SNAP’s Work Plan. A Governance Board and Advisory Group has also been appointed to provide support and guidance to the Coordinator.



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