[PASSED] Repeal: “Standardised Passport Act”

General Assembly Resolution #76 “Standardised Passport Act” (Category: Political Stability; Strength: Mild) shall be struck out and rendered null and void.

The World Assembly (WA),

Noting that GAR 76, Standardised Passport Act, provided a basis for reasonably convenient travel between WA states;

Noting that, since the passing of this resolution, the WA has considerably expanded the rights for anyone below the age of majority (GAR 299), non-binary marriages (GAR 457), as well as the issuance of identity documents (GAR 686), dual citizenship (GAR 695) and consular protection (GAR 703);

Dismayed, however, that the target resolution explicitly states (in paragraph 3) that “foreign nationals, excluding diplomatic and consular officers, should abide by the laws of the nation in which they are present”, creating the impression that diplomatic and consular officers do not need to abide by any laws and can go on criminal rampages at will;

Alarmed that the target resolution permits (in paragraph 6) “issuing nations to allow children under the age of majority, or a specific age that is lower than that of the age of majority, to travel on the passport of one or both of their parents”, which creates the ambiguity of allowing children to either travel on or be included on a parent’s passport, a practice that makes children more susceptible to abduction and trafficking if they are treated as merely an extension of an adult for purposes of passports;

Noting that the rights for diplomats to visit nationals overseas (in paragraphs 8 and 9 of the target resolution) when detained and other related rights have been expanded considerably by subsequent resolutions, including GA703 “Consular Protection Arrangements”, making this resolution redundant in this aspect;

Looking forward to the WA approving an appropriate replacement for this resolution with regards to the standardization of passports;

Hereby repeals “Standardised Passport Act.”

More info here: https://forum.nationstates.net/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=536757&sid=76db9d1ed8679d7d5cffa32794acaac7

This resolution is now up for vote.

Bai Lung will vote FOR.

Repeal “Standardised Passport Act” was passed 9,447 votes to 1,851.