“Everyone has the right to a nationality”


The blog entries represent the views of the authors but not those of the Network, unless otherwise noted.

  • CESCR’s recommendation – Serbia to ensure effective access to personal documents for Roma and displaced persons, and in the meantime to facilitate their access to economic, social and cultural rights

    14 July 2014 | Ivana Stankovic, Programme Coordinator, Praxis

    In May 2014, the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights considered the Second Periodic Report of Serbia on the measures applied and results achieved in ensuring the rights acknowledged by the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

  • A stateless person, a refugee and an irregular migrant walk into a bar…

    7 July 2014 | Amal de Chickera, Senior Consultant on Statelessness, The Equal Rights Trust

    She gets a beer and waits for the world cup game to begin.

  • A new, efficient way of learning about statelessness

    3 July 2014 | Anne Laakko, Legal Officer (Statelessness), UNHCR, Geneva

    Statelessness – a word and concept often regarded as complicated, technical and difficult. But awareness and basic understanding of statelessness often go a long way in identifying and starting to address the problem. And it’s really not rocket science.

  • Who are you? - Fraud, impersonation and loss of nationality without procedural protection

    25 June 2014 | Adrian Berry, Barrister, Garden Court Chambers, London

    The UK divides persons who acquire British citizenship by fraud into two classes when seeking to secure their loss of such citizenship. Where the fraud concerns impersonation there is no right of appeal and the acquisition is treated as a ‘nullity’ (as never having occurred). Where the fraud concerns some other matter there is a right of appeal to a tribunal.   What reason can there be for segregating one class of fraud in this way and depriving its practitioners of some minimal procedural protection?

  • Equal Nationality Rights: It’s Time to End Gender Discrimination in Nationality Laws

    20 June 2014 | Rachael Reilly, Geneva Representative, Women's Refugee Commission

    “Please, can you explain to me, because I don’t understand. Why is there this discrimination? Why do they differentiate between men and women? I don’t understand why?” (Kuwaiti woman married to a stateless man, who is unable to pass her Kuwaiti nationality to her children).

  • The story behind finding some of Europe’s invisible people

    11 June 2014 | Sangita Jaghai, Research Intern with the Statelessness Programme, Tilburg University

    Although hundreds of thousands of stateless people live in Europe, finding them can be a challenge at times. An important part of the ENS campaign to improve protection of stateless persons in Europe is helping to take away the invisibility of the issue of statelessness in Europe.

  • Double jeopardy – Syria’s Stateless Palestinians

    4 June 2014 | Samer Ibrahim Abu Rass, The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network

    The Syrian refugee crisis has reached a tally of more than two million who have fled the country, leading the United Nations to characterize the pace of the diaspora as the worst since the Rwandan genocide in 1994. The neighboring countries bear the brunt of this refugee influx, of which only a tiny fraction have risked their lives by travelling on to reach safety ‘illegally’ in Europe. An additional estimated 4.5 million have been displaced within Syria, including Palestinian refugees.

  • Act now and help protect stateless people across Europe!

    28 May 2014 | Chris Nash, ENS Coordinator

    When meeting a stateless person what is often so very striking is their understandable bewilderment about the situation they have been unlucky enough to find themselves in, and a corresponding desperate desire on their part to establish an identity and to enjoy the sort of normal daily life that most of us take for granted.

  • A question of ‘if’ and ‘when’ is someone stateless

    22 May 2014 | Amal de Chickera

    Farid is in UK immigration detention pending deportation. He has an Iranian passport that has expired. One month into his detention, he attempts to contact his country’s consular authorities to facilitate his removal, they do not respond. Two months in, he tries again. They fail to respond again. Meanwhile, the UK Home Office has also been trying to get Iran to accept Farid, but to no avail. Three months into his detention, they continue to ignore his efforts.

    Is Farid stateless?

  • The case of Valjbona and her children - lack of birth registration leaves many Roma children in a situation of undetermined nationality for an extended period of time

    15 May 2014 | Ivanka Kostic, Executive Director, Praxis

    “Once I acquire nationality, my children will finally be able to go to the doctor’s when necessary and I will not have to pay for medicines. Nearby our settlement, there is a doctor who examines my children without a health booklet, but without a health booklet I need to pay for medicines in a pharmacy. How can I pay for medicines, where to find money for them? My husband collects paper and other material from waste containers and sells them, but it’s not even enough for food.