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  • Ibrahim’s story: Hope for how a stateless person can start a new life in Slovakia thanks to legislative changes

    16 April 2014

    “He is the soul of our centre. The most honest, responsible and hardworking person we have here. And he does not drink any alcohol! He is a Muslim, you know...” says Mr Anton Srholec, a well-known Slovak priest and former political dissident from communist times, now running a homeless shelter in Bratislava. “In the mornings, when we drive to the shop, I sing a Catholic prayer and then Ibrahim sings his morning suras for me; we understand each other”, adds Mr Srholec.

  • Networking for change – Statelessness events in Strasbourg and making a difference?

    11 April 2014

    Perhaps borne from a certain sense of frustration, many of us working on statelessness often feel compelled to emphasise the hidden nature of the problem. But travelling back from a series of statelessness-related events in Strasbourg I find myself more convinced than ever that we are witnessing a major turning point in efforts to tackle the issue, and which render the 'forgotten' label redundant and even unhelpful.

  • Europe must not allow its children to grow up without a nationality

    1 April 2014

    How do you explain statelessness to a child?

    Yes, you were born here. And yes, mummy comes from here. And yes, daddy comes from here. And yes, you speak our language. And yes, you celebrate the same festivals as us. And yes, you look just like all the other children who live and play in your neighbourhood.

    But no, you are not really one of us. You are not officially a member of our community. You are an outsider. You are an alien. And no, there is also no other place for you to belong. You are stateless.

  • Ljulja and her children

    ABANDONED BY PARENTS, NEGLECTED BY THE STATE

    24 March 2014

    „...I just want to get an ID card, like other citizens, and then register the birth of my children. My greatest wish is that my children go to school... There are a lot of good people in our neighbourhood who help us survive, but they cannot help us with the documents...“ Ljulja

    Ljulja’s well-being and that of her children depend exclusively on two things - good will and support of the local community where she lives and the family’s capability to cope with their problems.  

  • We Need to Talk About the Nation-State

    17 March 2014

    Eradicating statelessness is high on the agenda. It is under this banner that the statelessness movement is expected to gather steam over the next decade, as we build a campaign to mainstream the issue and galvanise commitment from all actors to make statelessness a thing of the past.

  • Statelessness in Poland – Making the invisible visible?

    11 March 2014

    The Halina Nieć Legal Aid Center (HNLAC), established in 2002 aims at promoting human rights by providing legal aid to those at risk of social exclusion and discrimination, continuing the legacy of Dr Halina Nieć, a researcher, human rights activist and the founder of the Human Rights Center at the Jagiellonian University.

  • Statelessness, state-building and biopolitics: the bidūn of Kuwait

    4 March 2014

    One of the biggest challenges that the current configuration of the world brings is the persistent collisions between a romanticised “global” and a thriving nation-state paradigm, at the middle of which lie the stateless: tightly cornered between the national and the supranational, they seem to be amongst the greatest victims of the geographical and ideological contingencies that permeate the neoliberal world.

  • Nationality Unknown? Promising steps, but still a risk of statelessness at birth in Hungary

    28 February 2014

    Hungary is a state party to all statelessness-related international conventions, and as one of the few states in the world to operate a specific mechanism for the protection of stateless persons it is often referred to as a country implementing positive policies regarding statelessness. Yet, there are still significant shortcomings in the legislative framework and practice of authorities when it comes to the prevention of statelessness at birth.

  • New Birth Registration Procedure – Impact on the Prevention of Statelessness in Serbia

    21 February 2014

    In August 2012, a new court procedure for determination of date and place of birth was established in Serbia. It is intended for the persons who cannot get registered in the birth registry book through an administrative procedure. The first effects of this procedure have already been visible.

  • Every child belongs

    10 February 2014

    When raising awareness of the importance of birth registration, organisations like Plan and UNICEF have done a good job of devising compelling slogans, like “Count every child” and “All children deserve to celebrate their birthday”. The message is that every child has the right to recognition of their existence and proof of the facts of their birth as provided through birth registration.

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