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Protecting Stateless Persons from Arbitrary Detention

Evidence shows that detention of stateless people is a worrying trend across Europe. This is happening despite the fact that protection against arbitrary detention is well entrenched under international and regional law, as is the protection of stateless persons.

There is a huge gulf between state obligations to respect international human rights standards and the actual realisation of those rights in practice. The lack of protection and the growth of the immigration detention industry has left many vulnerable to grave human rights abuse.

Against this backdrop, the European Network on Statelessness has embarked on a three year project to map the extent of the issue, to create advocacy tools and to train lawyers and NGOs to protect stateless persons from arbitrary detention.

Pan-regional conference on arbitrary detention of stateless people

In 2017 ENS will focus on key issues identified throughout our research, which must be addressed at national and regional levels if change is to be achieved.

On 4-5 May 2017, we will hold a major regional conference in Budapest to launch a new comparative report as well as to provide a platform for concerted Europe-wide advocacy aimed at protecting stateless persons from arbitrary detention.

The conference is intended to facilitate the sharing of information among stakeholders from across Europe. You can find out more about the conference here.

Publications - Country studies and Regional Toolkit

ENS has published a series of six country reports highlighting the gaps and raising awareness about the extent of the issue and impact on stateless people and a toolkit for practitioners from across Europe.

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