6 December 2013
On 4 December 2013 the Netherlands Institute for Human Rights (College Mensenrechten) and UNHCR held a seminar on the protection of stateless persons in the Netherlands. It was the first of its kind in the Netherlands to be organized by these institutions together and was attended by government officials, academics and NGOs. UNHCR had earlier examined the situation in the Netherlands in its report Mapping Statelessness in the Netherlands...
3 December 2013
Not so long ago, statelessness advocates felt quite lonely in Europe (and probably even more elsewhere). Today, we have already progressed a long way from the time when only a handful of committed people based in different parts of the world were working to put statelessness on the agenda.
25 November 2013
Nationality is a human right. The right to a nationality was established in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and has been reaffirmed in almost every major human rights treaty adopted since. The very existence of statelessness stands at odds with this human rights norm. Nationality is also critical to the ability to exercise many other human rights, so statelessness presents a significant barrier for people’s access to the benefits of international human rights law.
19 November 2013
Theresa May recently announced that she would seek to change UK law so that British terror suspects can be deprived of their citizenship even if it makes them stateless. This most recent announcement comes on the back of the Al Jedda judgment of the UK Supreme Court, which was a bitter pill for the Secretary of State to swallow.
12 November 2013
A significant proportion of Roma people originating from the Balkans and living in Italy are stateless or at risk of statelessness. In most cases they lack a residence permit or other identity documents. As undocumented persons, they have no or limited access to social services, health care, education, employment and housing as well as no political rights. They also risk receiving expulsion orders and being detained in a detention centre.
5 November 2013
Earlier this year I wrote a blog about the growing benefits of EU citizenship and the concerns that this raises, in my mind, for the position of stateless people in Europe (and potentially for stateless people in other regions where the EU citizenship model is inspiring similar forms of supranational membership).
From Commitments to Achievements? The Zagreb Declaration on Access to Civil Documentation and Registration in South Eastern Europe1 November 2013
We know that there are still around 20,000 people who lack basic civil documentation and registration in South East Europe. This figure can only be regarded as an estimate, as detailed data is often difficult to obtain in the absence of a data collection system that would provide accurate and timely information on the number of undocumented persons.
22 October 2013
The majority of the applications for the statelessness status in Spain come from applicants of Western Saharan origin, or Sahrawis. However, this issue does not get as much attention as it deserves from the Spanish authorities or wider society, leaving them without benefits of recognition as stateless. This stands in contradiction with the Spanish Supreme Court's jurisprudence in recent years, which has granted the status of statelessness to a considerable number of these applicants.
14 October 2013
Since its launch in June last year the European Network on Statelessness (ENS) has attracted 50 new member organisations in over 30 European countries. Encouraged by the diversity of its membership base and keen to build on recent momentum with regard to global efforts to tackle statelessness, ENS today launches a year-long campaign seeking to improve protection for stateless persons in Europe.
9 October 2013
Earlier this year, Laura Bingham contributed a blog for ENS on the much talked-about Al-Jedda case, in which the UK Supreme Court was asked to decide whether a man suspected of supporting terrorism could be denationalised, or whether safeguards against statelessness blocked such action.
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