The MENA Statelessness Network (Hawiati) is a network bringing together actors working on, and interested in, statelessness in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).
The network’s activities are broadly focused around the following Mission.
Reducing and ending statelessness in the MENA.
Protecting the human rights of stateless persons in the MENA.
More specifically, the network’s founding strategy is to work according to the following 11 Objectives:
Identification and Understanding Statelessness:
To better identify, map and understand statelessness and its legacy in the MENA in order to increase the quality and availability of accurate information - including on the scale, causes and impacts of statelessness;
To conduct research into the emerging risk factors leading to and perpetuating statelessness in the MENA;
To understand the impacts of statelessness on affected individuals, communities and states in the region;
Fostering Solidarity and Collaboration:
To facilitate contact among actors and stateless persons from different communities of the MENA;
To serve as a platform for collaboration and the sharing of information and expertise;
To advocate for legal reform and policy and legislative change with a view to reduction/prevention of statelessness and protection of stateless persons, and reinstate revoked nationality;
To advocate against discriminatory norms and practices that lead to and perpetuate statelessness in the MENA;
To coordinate effective advocacy strategies and messaging towards the international community including regional and universal governance mechanisms;
To use strategic litigation as mechanisms to protect stateless persons rights
To conduct and support awareness-raising campaigns and advocacy-focused capacity building activities.
To coordinate and collaborate with regional and international NGOs with similar interests.
Introducing “Hawiati”: A network for stateless solidarity in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)
Understanding Statelessness in North Africa: Part 1
Understanding Statelessness in North Africa: Part 2
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