EVENT: Protecting stateless persons from arbitrary detention - 11 Oct (1-2pm); Council of Europe, Strasbourg


Join the European Network on Statelessness at a #LockedInLimbo campaign event in Strasbourg on 11 October, bringing together key regional, inter-governmental and civil society groups working to protect stateless persons from arbitrary detention in Europe.

Palais de l’Europe (in front of the hemicycle), Strasbourg
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 (1-2pm)



The European Network on Statelessness (ENS), a civil society alliance with over 110 members in 40 European countries, has been running its pan-European #LockedInLimbo campaign to highlight the need to protect thousands of stateless people from being subjected to arbitrary and often lengthy detention simply because they have no country to call home.

On 11 October 2017 at a lunchtime reception in the Palais de l’Europe, ENS will present a public statement signed by organisations and high profile individuals from across Europe, which calls on European states to take action to end the arbitrary detention of stateless persons.

This event, hosted by Manlio di Stefano, Member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) will bring together key stakeholders and provide a public forum to present action taken by PACE members championing the #LockedInLimbo campaign in countries across Europe.

Speakers include:

  • Manlio di Stefano, Member of Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe
  • Tomáš Boček, CoE Secretary General's Special Representative on Migration and Refugees
  • Chris Nash, Director of the European Network on Statelessness
  • Gert Westerveen, UNHCR Representative to the Council of Europe
  • Stephania Kulaeva, Director of the ADC Memorial

This series of short presentations will be followed by brief interventions from PACE members and an opportunity to network over refreshments. The event will be accompanied by an exhibition of photographs by award-winning photographer Greg Constantine.

Please RSVP by emailing ENS Head of Communications Jan Brulc at jan.brulc@statelessness.eu by 5 October. Participants requiring a security badge will need to RSVP by this date in order to receive one.

ENS is grateful to the UN Refugee Agency, Oak Foundation, the European Programme for Integration and Migration (EPIM) and the Sigrid Rausing Trust for their support of this event and the ENS #LockedInLimbo campaign.

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