Joint Submission to the Human Rights Council at the 41st Session of the Universal Periodic Review – United Kingdom


This joint submission to the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) on the United Kingdom, was submitted by Asylum Aid, Liverpool Law Clinic, Roma Support Group, the European Network on Statelessness (ENS), and the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion (ISI). It was also endorsed by the following organisations and/or members of ENS: The AIRE Centre, Bail for Immigration Detainees, British Rohingya Community UK, Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit, Migrants’ Rights Network, Salam for Democracy and Human Rights, the3million, and the University of Strathclyde Law Clinic.

This submission highlights why statelessness remains an issue in the UK, focusing in particular on:

  • Statelessness determination and the protection of stateless persons
  • Children’s right to a nationality
  • Deprivation of nationality in the national security context

The submission draws on many of the conclusions that had already been noted in UNHCR’s audit to the SDP, ENS’ Invisible Kids report, and more recent concerns around proposed legal changes to the safeguards that protects stateless children’s right to a nationality. It also suggests key recommendations to resolve the existing gaps and challenges and ensure the protection of stateless persons and prevention of statelessness.

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