Joint Submission at the 41st Session of the Universal Periodic Review – Netherlands


Together with several civil society organisations and ENS members in the Netherlands, we have made a joint submission to the Universal Periodic Review on the right to a nationality and statelessness in the Netherlands.

The submission was signed by ASKV Refugee Support, the Bhutanese Community in The Netherlands (BCN), New Women Connectors (NWC), Petkovski, Stichting Landelijk Ongedocumenteerden Steunpunt, Leiden University, Kinderrechtencollectief (The Dutch NGO Coalition for Children’s Rights), Vluchtelingenwerk Nederland (Dutch Council for Refugees), the European Network on Statelessness (ENS), and the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion (ISI). It focuses on the following issues:

  1. Children’s right to a nationality
  2. Identification of stateless persons, determination of statelessness, and access to rights
  3. Access to facilitated naturalisation
  4. Statistical data on statelessness

This submission is very timely as the Dutch parliament is currently considering legal amendments to address statelessness determination and children’s right to a nationality. We therefore hope that the Government will take into consideration our key recommendations to address existing gaps in law, policy, and practice in the Netherlands.

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