Committee
Human Rights Council
Country
Switzerland

Author

Fabian de Vries
Netherlands

Cite as https://mymun.com/ppdb/18341

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April 7, 2019

Submission of the Delegation of Switzerland

Position Paper Regarding the Reform of the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of the Statelessness to Address Human Rights Violations in Myanmar and Palestine and Regarding the Right to Peace and the Situation of Human Rights in Venezuela

 

Committee: Human Rights Council

Country: The Swiss Confederation

Delegate: Fabian de Vries, Leiden University College The Hague

 

Topic A: The Reform of the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of the Statelessness to Address Human Rights Violations in Myanmar and Palestine

 

Promoting universal respect for all human rights is a priority of Switzerland’s foreign policy, as stipulated in its Constitution.[i]Regarding the reduction of stateless people, Switzerland ratified the 1954 Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons Convention in 1972, in order to regulate the legal status and rights of residence of people displaced from their home country which do not qualify as refugees as defined in the UN Refugee Convention of 1951.[ii]

 

The Swiss Federal Supreme Court amended the definition of the term ‘stateless person’ as found in article 1 paragraph one of the 1954 Convention,to add that a person must also be deemed stateless if they have lost their nationality through no fault of their own and have no means of regaining it.[iii]

 

When a person is recognized as being stateless in terms of the Convention, they have the right to remain resident in Switzerland. With regard to personal status and residence, recognized stateless persons are regarded as equivalent to refugees recognized under the Refugee Convention of 1951 who have been granted asylum. Recognized stateless persons are issued with Swiss travel documents on request.