“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.

  • Photo: Nikolai Karaneschev, Creative Commons

    Statelessness in Belgium: a blurred landscape

    7 March 2019 | Julie Lejeune, NANSEN (Belgian Refugee Council)

    Over the last few years, procedures to access international protection in Belgium have become more complex. Quality information and support are becoming increasingly difficult to obtain. Both lawyers and civil society are under heavy pressure due to state budget cuts, while times to appeal decisions have been shortened. In this context, too many men, women and children in need of international protection stay stranded.

  • Tackling statelessness in Kyrgyzstan and the wider Central Asia region – the importance of networking

    28 February 2019 | Azizbek Ashurov – Director of Ferghana Lawyers

    Kyrgyzstan is one of the fifteen former Soviet Union republics, which inherited numerous nationality issues following the collapse of the USSR. Statelessness, which persists to this day, has been a fundamental cause of discrimination, exploitation, and forced displacement.

  • Tainted trust - Despite the introduction of a statelessness determination procedure, stateless persons in Bulgaria still face arbitrary detention

    21 February 2019 | Dr. Valeria Ilareva, Foundation for Access to Rights - FAR

    The shocking treatment of one of our clients - Dr Sager Al-Anezi - highlights the importance of new analysis published this week as part of the #StatelessnessINDEX by Foundation for Access to Rights (FAR) and the European Network on Statelessness (ENS) on the treatment of stateless people in Bulgaria.

  • Global Data Justice: framing the (mis)fit between statelessness and technology

    14 February 2019 | Linnet Taylor, Associate Professor at Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology and Society (TILT) & Hellen Mukiri-Smith, PhD Researcher at TILT

    Global Data Justice is an emerging field of research centering on the idea that we should base the governance of data technologies on social justice principles, rather than, for example, prioritising rules that will promote economic growth at the expense of beneficial outcomes for people using (or not using) those technologies.

  • European Court of Human Rights again finds extended detention of stateless individuals illegal: two successful cases by ADC Memorial

    7 February 2019 | Olga Abramenko, Expert at ADC Memorial

    On January 29 2019, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) issued a judgment in case no. 23019/15 Alimuradov v. Russia holding that there had been a violation of Article 3 (prohibition of torture and inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment), Article 5 § 1 (right to liberty and security of person) and Article 5 § 4 (speedy review by a court of the lawfulness of detention) and a judgment in case no. 8279/16 Mardonshoyev v....

  • Shining a light on devastating effects of statelessness on those living without nationality in Slovenia

    1 February 2019 | Katarina Vučko, The Peace Institute

    The Peace Institute – Institute for Contemporary Social and Political Studies (PI) is a Slovenian private, independent, non-profit research institution founded in 1991. Our mission is to create an open society capable of critical thought and based on the principles of equality, responsibility, solidarity, human rights and the rule of law.

  • Fostering radical empathy for statelessness using arts

    24 January 2019 | Nicoletta Enria, LSE European Institute

    With a reputation for being a legalistic subject matter, statelessness struggles to get the public attention it deserves as a human rights crisis affecting 10 million people worldwide. In a fervent debate on how to address this, art has cropped up as a potential remedy.

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    Using the #StatelessnessINDEX to raise awareness and enhance legal assistance in Moldova

    17 January 2019 | Oleg Palii - Executive Director, Law Center of Advocates

    Law Center of Advocates (LCA) is a public association founded in 1997. Our mission is to implement projects and programs aimed at promoting the Rule of Law, judicial independence and respect for human rights in Moldova. We provide specialist legal training and support, as well as offering legal assistance to all refugees, asylum seekers, beneficiaries of humanitarian protection and stateless persons. LCA is UNHCR’s legal implementing partner in Moldova.

  • Festive greetings to all

    24 December 2018 | ENS team

    Thank you for following ENS blog updates in 2018. This year has been as busy as ever, in great part thanks to our members and partners who've worked with us to help make real progress in getting statelessness higher up the agenda of governments as well as regional institutions such as the Council of Europe and the European Union. 

    We’ll be taking a short break, and are resuming our blog on the week of the 7th January. Meanwhile, we wish you all the best for 2019.

  • GCM Commentary: Objective 4: Ensure that all migrants have proof of legal identity and adequate documentation

    20 December 2018 | Amal de Chickera, Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion

    Universal Declaration of Human Rights
    Article 15.1: Everyone has the right to a nationality.

    Convention on the Rights of the Child
    Article 7: