Moldova amends its law to prevent childhood statelessness

6 Jul 2023 / Moldova / Prevention and reduction

On 8 June 2023, the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova voted to adopt an amendment to the Citizenship Law, which provides that a  child born on the territory who meets the conditions to be recognised as stateless will be granted Moldovan nationality. The amendment was published on 23 June 2023.

This legislative amendment prevents cases of statelessness among children born on the territory of the Republic of Moldova. Previously, a stateless child’s ability to acquire nationality was dependent on the status of their parents. Through this amendment, the Republic of Moldova has brought its national legislation into line with the provisions of the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness, the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and other international instruments. ENS, through its publications and advocacy, has drawn the attention of the Moldovan authorities to this issue and encouraged the authorities to adjust the national legislation in line with international law.

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