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Outcome of the CSO Consultation

14 Feb, 2024

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Outcome of the CSO Consultation

NFA organized a regional CSO Consultation on Forming a Regional Alliance inviting interested CSOs and the Advisory Group members on November 2 and 3, 2022 in Bangkok, Thailand. 18 CSO representatives and 7 Advisory Group members attended the event. The following participants attended the event.

Civil Society Organization (CSO) Participants

SNNameOrganizationCountry (Travelling From)
1.  Angshuman ChoudharyRight to Nationality and Citizenship Network (RNCN)India
2.  Bina RamanandFamily FrontiersMalaysia
3.  Daniel AwigraHuman Rights Working Group (HRWG)Indonesia
4.  Deepti GurungCitizenship Affected People’s Network (CAPN)Nepal
5.  Jeanie KimDuroo – Association of Public Interest Law / Universal Birth Registration Network (South Korea)Republic of Korea
6.  Khalid HussainCouncil of MinoritiesBangladesh
7.  Maalini RamaloDHRRA MalaysiaMalaysia
8.  Marianne Carmel B. AgunoyAteneo Human Rights CenterThe Philippines
9.  Melinda Anne SharliniFamily FrontiersMalaysia
10.   Muhammad NoorRohingya ProjectMalaysia
11.   Myo WinSmile MyanmarMyanmar
12.   Ravi HemadriDevelopment and Justice Initiative (DAJI)India
13.   Rizka ArgadiantiSUAKAIndonesia
14.   Sabin ShresthaForum for Women, Law and Development (FWLD)Nepal
15.   Suyheang KryWomen Peace Makers (WPM)Cambodia
16.   Tahera HasanImkaan Welfare OrganizationPakistan
17.   YadanaBraveheart FoundationMyanmar
18.   Yu Nandar KyawSmile MyanmarMyanmar

Advisory Group Members

SNNameOrganizationCountry (Travelling From)
1Aashish YadavJindal Global Law SchoolIndia
2Bongkot NapaumpornPeter McMullin Centre on StatelessnessAustralia
3Christoph SperfeldtMacquarie UniversityAustralia
4Chulhyo KimJeonbuk National UniversityRepublic of Korea
5Grant MitchellInstitute on Statelessness and Inclusion (ISI)The Netherlands
6Hannah GordonNorthern Community Legal CentreAustralia
7Victor KarunanMahidol UniversityThailand

The two-day consultation event came up with the following outcomes:

  1. Identification of key areas of work for the Regional Alliance
  •   Data collection and knowledge building on statelessness through researchcapacity strengthening of CSOs, awareness-raising programs, and rapid response services to stateless persons and activists, were identified as key areas for the regional alliance to work on.
  •   Human rights advocacy and engagement with UN agencies and government bodies were identified as areas that the regional alliance should also focus on, but they need to further be deliberated upon on how to do them strategically.
  1. Thematic Focus, Structure, and Activities of the Regional Alliance

It was decided that it is too early to discuss the thematic focus, structure, and activities of the Regional Alliance at this early stage. However, NFA was advised to consult with the former Board members and other active members of SNAP before preparing the concept papers on the thematic focus, structure, and activities of the Regional Alliance.

  1. Next Steps
  •   NFA will create an email group comprising all the Alliance members and will share regular updates of any statelessness-related work including information on any regional or global event on statelessness
  •   NFA will meet one on one to consult with the former SNAP Board members to take their suggestions on the formation of the regional alliance and ask if they would be interested to join
  •   After the consultation with the former SNAP Board members, NFA will organize a virtual meeting of the Advisory Group members for further suggestions on the Concept Papers
  • NFA will prepare the following documents and share them with the alliance members for comments and review before the next in-person meeting of the CSOs
    • An Options Paper on the Structure of the Regional Alliance based on the key areas identified
    • A Concept Paper on the Thematic Focus of the Regional Alliance
    • A Concept Paper on the Activities of the Regional Alliance based on the key areas identified
  •   CSOs and Advisory Group members will provide their inputs and comments on the documents
  •   NFA will organize another in-person consultation to discuss the Options Paper and the Concept Papers which will include additional sessions on Self-Care and possibly invite government representatives to share good practices in one of the sessions
  1. Timeline of the Next Steps
1Consult with former Board Members of SNAPNovember – December 2022
2Virtual Meeting of the Advisory Group membersJanuary 2023
3Preparation of Concept Papers on Structure, Thematic Focus and ActivitiesJanuary – February 2023
4Inputs by the CSOs and Advisory Group Members on the Concept PapersMarch 2023
5In-person CSO ConsultationsApril/May 2023