22 April 2014
The Republic of Armenia was one of the first republics of the former Soviet Union to ratify the two UN Statelessness Conventions, in 1994. How far has Armenia gone in giving effect to the key principles and standards enshrined in the 1954 Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons and the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness? This is essentially the question a study published by UNHCR Armenia a year ago has sought to address.
Ibrahim’s story: Hope for how a stateless person can start a new life in Slovakia thanks to legislative changes16 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Republic of Armenia was one of the first republics of the former Soviet Unio22 April 2014
Ibrahim’s story: Hope for how a stateless person can start a new life in Slovakia thanks to legislative changes
“He is the soul of our centre.16 April 2014
Across Europe today, children are still being born into statelessness.
Stateless but not Rightless: Improving the Protection of Stateless Persons in Europe - Conference Agenda
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