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  • Stateless persons in Iceland, rarer than the Northern Lights?

    25 March 2015

    Iceland, with a population of 322,000 people, is about 1500 kilometers away from its closest neighbor on the European continent. It is a land of volcanoes, geysers, hot pools and the beautiful Northern Lights. Not an easy country to reach, and yet, a number of migrants manage to find their way to the island every year. They come to work or to study, and some come seeking asylum. Are any of them stateless?

  • Informal settlement in central Serbia

    The case of Zoja - I am no longer legally invisible, but I remain invisible in the eyes of the state where I was born and where I have lived for 34 years

    18 March 2015

    There is no doubt that the procedure for determining the time and place of birth established by the Law on Amendments to the Law on Non-Contentious Procedure, constitutes great progress towards solving the...

  • Four reasons why the Americas could become the first region to prevent and eradicate Statelessness

    11 March 2015

    Last year three key events took place in the Americas that highlighted the commitment of the international community, civil society and states to end Statelessness in the region. The conversations and developments that took place at these events will hopefully turn Statelessness in the region into a distant memory. Here are the top four reasons why:

  • Change is in the air: An update on efforts to tackle statelessness in the Netherlands

    6 March 2015

    Whoever tells you that writing a doctorate thesis implies wasting four years of your life in the library is probably not researching statelessness in the Netherlands. Even if I wanted to lock myself up in an ivory tower, the cascade of events and developments in politics, legislation and civil society would lure me out.

  • Hungarian Constitutional Court declares that lawful stay requirement in statelessness determination breaches international law

    2 March 2015

    Until now, only lawfully staying persons could initiate a statelessness determination procedure in Hungary. After nearly eight years of struggle against this unlawful and unreasonable restriction, the Hungarian Constitutional Court last week declared it unconstitutional (for breaching international law) and deleted this restrictive provision from the law.

  • Photo by Greg Constanine

    Legally Invisible in Serbia

    25 February 2015

    Just outside the front door of their shack in an informal Roma settlement in central Belgrade, Serbia, 15-year-old Deni and his six brothers and sisters gather around their mother and grandmother for a group photograph.  The children goof around with each other, as children naturally do.  A few moments pass, then Deni turns and tells all of them to straighten up for a minute and look at the camera.  The shutter clicks.  Almost immediately everyone returns to their previous activities.  Two of his brothers run back through the muddy street...

  • Why Malta needs to accede to the UN Statelessness Conventions

    18 February 2015

    “If I was granted citizenship now, it would be like having been inside this room for twelve years [referring to a very small and crammed counselling room], and then someone opens the door.” Quis, stateless Syrian Kurd in Malta for 12 years with his family.

  • Statelessness in Italy: What’s next?

    11 February 2015

    “It is time to give voice to the strangers among strangers”.

    With these words, journalist Gad Lerner introduced the first public meeting on Statelessness held on the 10th October 2014, organized by the Human Rights Commission of the Italian Senate in partnership with the UNHCR Regional Representation for Southern Europe and the Italian Council for Refugees (CIR).

  • Strategically litigating statelessness: ENS’s three-year strategy

    2 February 2015

    The European Network on Statelessness (ENS) is launching its three-year litigation strategy, based on the belief that part of the fight to end statelessness in Europe must happen in court. 

    Statelessness in Europe is exacerbated by States’ failure to live up to commitments they have made (directly or indirectly) at international and European levels to respect the rights of stateless people, as well as because of misunderstandings about those commitments that need clarification by judges. 

  • What (more) can the EU do to help address statelessness in its external human rights action?

    26 January 2015

    As international interest in tackling statelessness grows, a question that repeatedly surfaces is: what role can X organisation, Y country or even Z individual play in helping to promote solutions?

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