- 3 February 2016 | Alex McAnarney, America’s Network on Nationality and Statelessness (Red ANA) and the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL)
28 January 2016 | Greg Constantine, photographer
Early last year, while in Malta, I met Ibrahim and Abdul. Ibrahim was originally from Sierra Leone and Abdul was from Somalia. After working nine years on my project Nowhere People I was putting together what I thought would be the final chapter on Europe. I had already spent time in Ukraine, Holland and Serbia and had made two trips to Italy. Working with the local organization Aditus, my time with Ibrahim and Abdul in Malta exposed me to an entirely new element of the issue of statelessness.
21 January 2016 | Daniela Krajčová, Visual artist
For me as a visual artist it is important to collaborate with people who work in the field and have in depth knowledge of the issue I’m focusing on. So when Katarína Fajnorová from Human Rights League asked me to create a series of videos on statelessness, I immediately knew that I will get an invaluable insight into the everyday experience of stateless persons in Slovakia.
15 January 2016 | Catherine Harrington, Global Campaign for Equal Nationality Rights
If statelessness is to be eradicated, it is vital that all States ensure that women and men have equal nationality rights – rights that govern one’s ability to acquire, change, retain and confer citizenship. Gender discrimination in nationality laws is one of the leading causes of statelessness, a fact underscored in UNHCR’s Global Action Plan to End Statelessness, which counts Action #3 as ending gender discrimination in nationality laws.
8 January 2016 | Allan Leas, Chair of ENS Board of Trustees
When Chris Nash, the Director of ENS, called to ask if I was available to represent the organisation in a meeting on statelessness in Almaty, Kazakhstan, my first action was to reach for my Atlas. As I suspected, this central Asian metropolis was a relatively short hop to the Chinese border. This was to be a long journey.
22 December 2015 | European Network on Statelessness
ENS sends its warmest wishes to everyone supporting the cause. We have a number of planned initiatives on the horizon, and we are hopeful that momentum is on our side. As a network we are especially excited about opportunities to build new coalitions and gain new supporters. So watch this space.
We’re taking a short break, but will resume our blog on Wednesday 6 January.
Till then, happy holidays everyone!
p.s. In case you’ve missed them, here are the three most read ENS blog posts in 2015.
16 December 2015 | Pascal Schumacher, JHA Counsellor responsible for migratory issues during the Luxembourgish Presidency
The year 2015 is coming to an end and yet, every 10 minutes a child is born without a nationality. The problem is considerable and the numbers speak for themselves: 10 million stateless people in the world; more than 400 000 in the EU alone; more than 70 000 children a year born into statelessness; more than 19 countries with a stateless population of over 10 000 people.
8 December 2015 | Jean Lambert, Member of the European Parliament
As the year draws to a close we can confidently say that the issue of statelessness and what can be done to tackle it at the EU level, is higher up the political agenda than it was 12 months ago.
30 November 2015 | François Crépeau, UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants
The immigration detention of stateless persons is one of the silent tragedies of our globalised world that plays out behind closed doors, away from the gaze of the media, but with significant, irreparable human cost. It is a tragedy that is completely preventable, but due to a lack of will and attention, continues to harm thousands of lives all around the world every year.
25 November 2015 | Aleksandra Semeriak, #StatelessKids campaign steering group member
Last week the European Youth Parliament (EYP), an educational parliamentary simulation programme for young people, celebrated its 80th International Session in the German city of Leipzig, attended by more than 300 students from 39 European countries.
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