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Bulletin 15                   November-December | 2017

SUBREGIONAL MEETING ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE BRAZIL PLAN OF ACTION

On November 2nd and 3rd, Red ANA participated in the sub-regional meeting on the implementation of the Brazil Plan of Action (2014 - 2017), in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The event brought together representatives from 15 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, international organizations and civil society to assess the implementation of the Brazil Plan of Action’s programs related to the quality of asylum and the eradication of statelessness. The purpose of the event was to gather inputs for drawing up of a triennial progress report, facilitate the exchange of good practices and lessons learned as well as to identify outstanding challenges and work priorities for the 2018-2020 period. In the event, UNHCR appointed Red ANA as a good practice in the Americas. Watch the video and learn more about the event here.
II FORUM ON HAITIAN MIGRATION

On November 31st and December 1st, Red ANA participated in the II Forum on Haitian Migration in the Americas in Miami, USA. The forum was a space to dialogue, socialize and build concrete contributions to set Haitian migration as a priority in the Global Compact for Refugees and Migrants. Red ANA together with other organizations presented an update on the situation of Dominicans of Haitian descent in the Dominican Republic affected by the 2013 constitutional court ruling which left thousands of Dominicans, mostly of Haitian descent, without Dominican nationality and in a situation of statelessness. You can learn more about the forum and its declaration here.
LAUNCH EVENT OF BORN IN THE AMERICAS

On December 4th Open Society Justice Initiative and Red ANA launched the report: Born in the Americas: The Promise and Practice of Nationality Laws in Brazil, Chile and Colombia in Washington, D.C. The launch of the report took place during the First Forum of the Inter-American Human Rights System, coordinated by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. The report was presented during the roundtable on the rights of refugees and stateless persons in the Americas: analysis of nationality laws, the international refugee law and the IAHRS standards. The purpose of the event was to present the strengths and weaknesses that exist in the nationality laws in Colombia, Chile and Brazil, as well as the disproportionate impact that these weaknesses have on indigenous groups, ethnic minorities, migrants, internally displaced persons and especially children. The event included a presentation by Juliana Vengoechea, author of the report, and Macarena Rodríguez, Director of the Legal Clinic on Migrants and Refugees of the Alberto Hurtado University and was moderated by Luis Ernesto Vargas, Rapporteur on the Rights of Migrants and Eduardo Ferrer Mac-Gregor Poisot, Vice President of the I/A Court H.R.
COSTA RICA CHAMPION STATE IN THE FIGHT FOR THE PREVENTION AND ERADICATION OF STATELESSNESS IN THE AMERICAS
This year Red ANA recognizes Costa Rica as a champion state in the fight for the prevention and eradication of statelessness in the Americas.
Executive Decree No. 39620 created the administrative process to be recognized as stateless. The Decree establishes that the procedure should be entirely free and it must be processed within 12 months that may be exceptionally extended to 24 months if the procedure involves soliciting another State or the UNHCR for information. During the procedure, renewable six-month provisional documentation is granted, which allows the stateless person to work and reside in the country. Once stateless status is declared in Costa Rica, the country grants permanent residency, authorization for leaving and entering the country, and the right to work according to Costa Rican legislation for foreigners. This Decree entered into force on October 7th, 2016. Since then, statelessness cases have been processed under this procedure successfully.
NEW STATELESSNESS PUBLICATION

This is our home: statelessness minorities and their search for citizenship was released on the third anniversary of UNHCR’s #IBelong Campaign to end statelessness. The report warns that discrimination, exclusion and persecution are stark realities for many of the world’s stateless minorities, and calls for immediate action to secure equal nationality rights for all. More than 75% of the world’s known stateless populations belong to minority groups, the report notes. Left unaddressed, their protracted marginalization can build resentment, increase fear and, in the most extreme cases, lead to instability, insecurity and displacement.
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