“Everyone has the right to a nationality”


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  • Living in the shadows

    Not just a simple twist of fate: statelessness in Lithuania and Latvia

    4 October 2018 | Jo Venkov, Lawyer and writer on statelessness, identity, citizenship and belonging

    Statelessness seems to just happen to people, doesn’t it? Quirky circumstances of birth, unexpected conflict causing people to migrate, state boundaries changing: all contribute to the 10 million stateless individuals around the world. It is easy to forget that the decisions states make about how they treat those within their borders are a major cause of statelessness.

  • New #RomaBelong research documents the effects of statelessness on Roma living in Ukraine and sets recommendation on how to tackle it

    28 September 2018 | Mykhailo Sorochyshyn, The Tenth of April

    Even though Ukraine was among the first post-Soviet countries to adopt its own legislation on citizenship, the issue of statelessness continues to be unresolved. The issue is both little-known and extremely detrimental to the wellbeing of those who find themselves without a nationality – this is especially true for members of minority groups.

  • The girl who lost her country

    The Girl Who Lost Her Country

    20 September 2018 | Amal de Chickera, Co-Director of the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion

    Hello there!

    I’m glad you stopped by.

    I’d like to introduce you to someone very special.

    Meet Neha. She is just 12 years old. (It’s funny how we say that isn’t it? We would never say that of an adult. But with children, we tend to assume that being extraordinary or courageous or brilliant is even more special than it is in an adult.)

  • Chasing shadows: making statelessness visible in Poland

    10 September 2018 | Katarzyna Przybysławska, Director of the Halina Niec Legal Aid Center

    Ever since its foundation in 2002, the Halina Niec Legal Aid Center (HNLAC) has been providing free legal assistance to refugees and asylum seekers in Poland while simultaneously implementing a range of monitoring, training, research and advocacy initiatives, focusing on refugee protection. Over the 16 years of its existence, HNLAC has assisted in approximately 15,000 individual cases and has grown to become the leading Polish NGO providing regular legal aid to asylum seekers.

  • Au revoir!

    ENS blog is going on a holiday

    8 August 2018 | ENS Secretariat

    ENS blog will be taking a short summer break and will be back in September.

    To get your fill of nationality and statelessness updates in the meantime, follow our regular updates on Twitter and Facebook, or revisit three of the most read blogs in 2018 (so far).

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    Alpeyeva and Dzhalagoniya v. Russia: Mass-confiscation of passports violates ECHR Article 8

    2 August 2018 | Katja Swider, University of Amsterdam

    On 12 June the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) declared a violation of the right to private life (Article 8) of two individuals who were left stateless in Russia for several years as a result of bureaucratic deficiencies not attributable to them.

  • In praise of the 1961 Statelessness Convention

    25 July 2018 | Alison Harvey, No5 Chambers London; @aliromah

    It is a lot better to have a stateless person’s travel document than to be undocumented.

  • The appalling mistreatment of a stateless human rights activist, barriers to British citizenship, and the power to bring change

    20 July 2018 | Cynthia Orchard Statelessness Policy and Casework Coordinator, Asylum Aid / Migrants Resource Centre

    Persecution and statelessness inflicted by the Bahraini Government

    Sayed Alwadaei is a soft-spoken but determined man from Bahrain. There is compassion and sadness in his eyes – born, I presume, from the heartbreaking circumstances he and his family members have suffered.

  • Human Rights Declaration

    A rights-based approach to addressing statelessness

    12 July 2018 | Katja Swider, University of Amsterdam

    To have a right to something - say, food - it not just about having enough of that: a slave can be well nourished 

  • Putting People first - Agenda cover

    "Putting people first": Statelessness at the 2018 UNHCR NGO Consultations

    5 July 2018 | Nina Murray, ENS Head of Policy & Research

    Back in the office in London after a whirlwind of discussions, debates, deliberations and dinners in Geneva last week, it’s time for a bit of reflection on what was learned and gained. I want to highlight three reflections from my experience as a first-timer at the UNHCR Statelessness Retreat and a newbie to the NGO Consultations.