that a child has no identity, the government will offer support and security while restoring
his/ her identity (Miranda, 279).
Convention on the Elimination of all forms of discrimination against women of 1979
obliges states to offer equal rights to both genders in acquiring, changing and retaining
their nationality and that of their children.
Convention on the elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination of 1965 that require
participating governments to eradicate all forms of ethnic biasness and assure everybody’
rights including that of nationality without any discrimination whatsoever.
Although states have pledged to adhere to the agreements, from time to time, the issue of
statelessness comes up. This is mostly driven by the complex political dynamics and sudden
developments (Southwick, 493). This in turn makes it terrible for them to access healthcare,
education, employment or any legal services like marriage. For there to be a significant
difference, governments, non-governmental organizations and Agencies like UNHCR need to
work hand in hand to end the issue of statelessness. Deprivation of a Nationality is in all manners
a breach of fundamental human right. Citizenship has supreme significance for an opportunity to
enjoy additional essential rights in a country. It bears political protection and serves as a legal
requirement for accessing basic human rights. UNHCR has been mandated by the UN to protect
persons considered stateless alongside its mandate of protecting and assisting immigrants. Its
duties include: identification of stateless cases, reduction of non-citizenship, prevention of
statelessness and assisting the stateless. Their efforts can be felt as they offer a platform where
the stateless can actually go and file their grievance and receive the much needed help. Refugees
and stateless people are more or less the same because both of them find themselves in a country
that does not recognize them as its citizen. With the continued emphasis on respecting human