Organization of Islamic Cooperation


Melissa McElroy
United States

Cite as

Delegation from Guinea, Represented by East Tennessee State University

Position Paper for the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)

Topic A: Statelessness

Statelessness affects an estimated ten million people worldwide (UNHCR). For these people, their lack of nationality can be an insurmountable obstacle to a normal life. Stateless people can be barred from working or going to school in their own countries. Without access to passports or other legal papers, they may not be able to leave their current country of residence.

Guinea is currently home to no stateless people (UNHCR). While we do not deal with this difficulty ourselves, Guinea acknowledges the enormous problem of statelessness around the globe, particularly in the Muslim world. We believe that the Muslim states in the OIC have an obligation to search for solutions for the stateless people within their borders, and to help reduce the number of stateless people worldwide. For example, between 25 and 35 million Kurdish people are in a permanent condition of statelessness (BBC News). They have fought for autonomy and the establishment of a Kurdish state for almost a hundred years, to no avail. The Kurds have been purposefully denied c...