“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.

  • While the World Washes its Hands…

    3 July 2012 | Amal de Chickera

    Since 8 June 2012, Rakhine State of Western Myanmar has been in flames. Hundreds of stateless Rohingya have been killed, disappeared, displaced and had their property destroyed. The Equal Rights Trust yesterday published a situation report which documents the human rights violations that are taking place with impunity in Myanmar as well as Bangladesh’s refoulement of Rohingya refugees.

  • Victory for Slovenia's "erased citizens" at the European Court of Human Rights

    26 June 2012 | Sebastian Kohn

    Almost exactly 21 years ago – on 25 June 1991 – Slovenia declared independence from Yugoslavia. After this momentous event a period of transitional laws followed, including regulations for acquisition of citizenship in the new state. Slovenia set three conditions for citizenship.  Citizens had to have acquired permanent resident status in Slovenia by 23 December 1990; they must have been residents of Slovenia at the time of independence; and they had to make an application for citizenship within six months of independence.

  • Statelessness in the Tower of Babel – How do you say stateless in your language?

    20 June 2012 | Gábor Gyulai

    “Stateless persons have no nationality.” This statement may sound evident for most readers of this blog and you are probably just asking yourself what else could be said about such a trivial sentence. Now try to translate this statement to another language and things may not look that trivial any more. Certain terms of international law, and its principal language – English, sometimes gain a different meaning if translated into another tongue.

  • On the Road Again! Raising Awareness on Statelessness in the UK

    13 June 2012 | Amal de Chickera

    Stateless persons are amongst the most vulnerable in the world today. The widely quoted figures state that there are more than 12 million stateless persons worldwide with over 600,000 in Europe. There is less certainty about the population in the UK, though recent research sheds some light on the extent of the population and examines the current treatment of stateless persons in the country. 

  • The Birth of the European Network on Statelessness

    7 June 2012 | Chris Nash, International Protection Policy Coordinator at Asylum Aid

    A year which ended with UN High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, hailing a “quantum leap” in global efforts to tackle statelessness was also an opportune moment for civil society actors to examine how best to coordinate and strengthen their contribution in support of such efforts.

  • No Birth Registration, No Nationality, No Documents, No Rights

    4 June 2012 | Ivanka Kostic, Executive Director, Praxis

    Estimates suggest that there are several thousand people living in Serbia today, predominantly Roma, both children and adults, displaced and domiciled, who are not registered in birth registry books and who are therefore not recognized as persons before the law. We call them the “legally invisible“.

  • Gender discrimination and statelessness in Europe

    29 May 2012 | Laura van Waas, Statelessness Programme

    Discrimination is one of the major underlying causes of statelessness around the world. An unequal right for men and women to acquire, retain or transmit citizenship is one form that discrimination can take in nationality legislation. Where such gender inequality is found, the risk of statelessness – especially for women and children – is severely heightened.

  • Generations without Nationality

    24 May 2012 | By: Milijana Trifkovic, Legal Analyst, Praxis

    Two statelessness-related events took place in Belgrade this April, with an aim to greet Serbia’s recent accession to the Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness and once again remind the public of the problem of persons not recognized as citizens of any country.

  • ECHR and citizenship: The case of Genovese v. Malta

    11 October 2011 | Sebastian Köhn

    The European Court of Human Rights today issued a decision in the case of Genovese v. Malta. It found that there had been a violation of article 14 in conjunction with article 8. The case was submitted to the Court almost exactly two years ago and concerns a young man who was born out of wedlock to a British mother and a Maltese father.

  • Why the 1961 Convention on Statelessness Matters

    30 August 2011 | Sebastian Köhn

    Today the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness turns 50. A happy occasion? In many ways, yes. The 1961 convention provides a blueprint for the reduction—possibly the elimination—of statelessness globally. It’s one effort by the international community to help the more than 12 million people around the world who have no nationality anywhere.