19 January 2017 | Stephanie Gordon, PhD candidate - University of Leicester
Perched on a child-sized chair, I sat in a makeshift pre-school classroom situated on the ground floor of an apartment complex on the outskirts of Beijing. I was discussing with Ms. Cheng, the situation faced by a single mother in Beijing, 2014. Next to Ms. Cheng sat her four-and-a-half-year-old daughter, Xiao Cheng. Ms. Cheng was worried, because her daughter was approaching six years, the time to enter primary education, and Xiao Cheng lacked the documents necessary to enter a school in Beijing.
9 January 2017 | Max McClellan
“We know our laws and policies on statelessness are good, but we want them to be perfect, tell us how we do that” – representative from Georgian Government agency.
22 December 2016 | ENS Team
Thank you for following ENS updates on statelessness and nationality law in 2016. It's been a very busy and successful year, in great part thanks to our membership, youth ambassadors and our partners who've worked with us to help make real progress on tackling statelessness.
We’ll be taking a short 2 week break, and are resuming our blog on the week of the 9th January.
In the mean time, we wish you all the best for 2017.
20 December 2016 | Ostap Tymchiy, Advocate, Expert on migration at The Right to Protection in partnership with HIAS
“I am not a criminal. I am an educated person, I must have more rights. This detention looks like criminal detention but I am not a criminal”.
15 December 2016 | Katarzyna Przybysławska, Director of the Halina Niec Legal Aid Center
Dear Mr President,
There are many stateless people living in Poland. They have no chance of a normal life, they cannot access higher education or even rent an apartment. Did you know about this? I didn’t. Now that I do, I would like to ask you to make Poland sign the Convention Relating to the Status of Stateless Persons.
#StatelessKids in Slovenia – The Peace Institute and ENS Youth Ambassadors show innovation is key when speaking about statelessness to new audiences8 December 2016 | Katarina Vučko (Peace Institute Slovenia); Sara Horvat, Nina Markovič, Sara Bagari (ENS Youth Ambassadors)
As part of a push to end childhood statelessness in Europe, ENS organised a region-wide campaign #StatelessKids to raise awareness and promote measures to ensure that children can realise their right to a nationality. In addition to the pan-European aspect of the campaign (which was covered on this blog) a wide range of activities were organies by ENS memebrs on the national level.
30 November 2016 | Laura van Waas, Co-Director of the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion
“A generation of Syrian children who don’t count”, “Refugee crisis creates ‘stateless generation’ of children in limbo”, “A right to exist: the stateless Syrian children” – these were some of the headlines...
24 November 2016 | Jean Lambert MEP and Manlio Di Stefano PACE Member
Should Europe be doing more to tackle childhood statelessness? Absolutely. To discuss how to push the issue further up the agenda and to find new ways of working together influential actors from the Council of Europe, European Parliament and civil society gathered together on 22 November at an evening reception in Strasbourg to mark the #StatelessKids campaign.
18 November 2016 | Dr. Valeria Ilareva, Foundation for Access to Rights - FAR
Tarek, a stateless person originating from Afghanistan, is counting down the days till 27 November. It's when he will have spent 18 months in immigration detention, the maximum time allowed under Bulgarian and European Union law. At that point he will have to be released. For all the time spent in detention the authorities haven't been able to deport him. He was never identified as stateless prior or during detention, but was registered as an Afghan national.
10 November 2016 | Katia Bianchini, ENS researcher & Max Planck Institute for Religious Studies and Ethnic Diversity (Goettingen, Germany)
“There are no human rights in the United Kingdom”, said Yassin, a stateless Bidoon from Kuwait in his late twenties. He came to the UK in 2007 to seek asylum but his claim was refused. Later he contacted the Kuwaiti embassy only to find out that he cannot apply for citizenship. He has been in the UK on temporary admission for nine years. He is frustrated and without any faith in the system which he thinks is unjust and arbitrary.
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