Senate Resolution 964, which received 21 affirmative votes, establishes an international framework to ensure the right of every person to a nationality, requiring states to establish safeguards in their nationality laws to prevent statelessness at birth and later in life.
The United Nations multilateral treaty aims to prevent statelessness and reduce it over time, focusing primarily on statelessness among children, statelessness due to renunciation of nationality, statelessness due to deprivation of nationality, and statelessness in the context of State succession.
“There was nothing changed in the treaty,” Senator Aquilino Martin “Koko” Pimentel III, who chairs the foreign affairs committee and the primary sponsor of the resolution, told BusinessWorld in a Viber message.
“Acceding to the 1961 Convention will complement and further demonstrate the commitment of the Philippines to its obligations under international human rights instruments, especially those that concern affirmation of the right of all individuals to a nationality,” he wrote in the resolution. — Alyssa Nicole O. Tan