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MENA Statelessness Network (Hawiati)

Beirut, Lebanon
Joined August 2021

The MENA Statelessness Network (Hawiati) is a network bringing together actors working on, and interested in, statelessness in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

Presence in: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, State of Palestine, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates
Focus: Citizenship & Identification

The MENA Statelessness Network (Hawiati) is a network bringing together actors working on, and interested in, statelessness in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).


The network’s activities are broadly focused around the following Mission.

  • Reducing and ending statelessness in the MENA.
  • Protecting the human rights of stateless persons in the MENA.

More specifically, the network’s founding strategy is to work according to the following 11 Objectives:


Identification and Understanding Statelessness:

    • To better identify, map and understand statelessness and its legacy in the MENA in order to increase the quality and availability of accurate information – including on the scale, causes and impacts of statelessness;
    • To conduct research into the emerging risk factors leading to and perpetuating statelessness in the MENA;
    • To understand the impacts of statelessness on affected individuals, communities and states in the region;

Fostering Solidarity and Collaboration:

    • To facilitate contact among actors and stateless persons from different communities of the MENA;
    • To serve as a platform for collaboration and the sharing of information and expertise;

Supporting Advocacy:

  • To advocate for legal reform and policy and legislative change with a view to reduction/prevention of statelessness and protection of stateless persons, and reinstate revoked nationality;
  • To advocate against discriminatory norms and practices that lead to and perpetuate statelessness in the MENA;
  • To coordinate effective advocacy strategies and messaging towards the international community including regional and universal governance mechanisms;
  • To use strategic litigation as mechanisms to protect stateless persons rights
  • To conduct and support awareness-raising campaigns and advocacy-focused capacity building activities.
  • To coordinate and collaborate with regional and international NGOs with similar interests.

People Associated With This Organization

Thomas McGee

United Kingdom  
MENA Statelessness Network (Hawiati)
Joined August 2021
Interests: Citizenship & Identification, Gender-based violence, Labor & Employment, Women's Rights
Thomas McGee has worked on statelessness in the Middle East and North Africa for over a decade, with particular focus on the situation of stateless Kurds of Syria. He is currently working on a PhD at the Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness at the University of Melbourne Law School and is co-coordinator of the MENA Statelessness Network (Hawiati). Thomas speaks Arabic and Kurdish (Kurmanci dialect), and has served as a Country Expert for asylum cases from Syria and Iraq, with a particular focus on statelessness and citizenship issues. Thomas graduated from Cambridge University and holds MA in Kurdish Studies from Exeter University, and has published on a range of topics including displacement, statelessness and Housing, Land and Property rights.
Thomas McGee is the network champion (main point of contact) for MENA Statelessness Network (Hawiati).

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