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#RomaBelong – Tackling Roma statelessness in the Western Balkans and Ukraine

“I feel bad because I am from here but they are not giving me citizenship. I feel I don’t belong here. God forbid if I die, they will not bury me…
/ Nina Murray, European Network on Statelessness
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Roma in Serbia still denied birth certificates – ENS members take legal action to challenge register offices’ unlimited power

The purist in me imagines bureaucrats running around maternity wards, struggling to catch all the details (“Name? Mother’s name? Sorry, can you…
/ Adam Weiss – European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC)
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The case of Zoja - I am no longer legally invisible, but I remain invisible in the eyes of the state where I was born and where I have lived for 34 years

There is no doubt that the procedure for determining the time and place of birth established by the Law on Amendments to the Law on Non-Contentious…
/ MARIJA DRAZOVIC, LEGAL ADVISOR, PRAXIS
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Legally Invisible in Serbia

Just outside the front door of their shack in an informal Roma settlement in central Belgrade, Serbia, 15-year-old Deni and his six brothers and…
/ GREG CONSTANTINE, DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHER
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CESCR’s recommendation – Serbia to ensure effective access to personal documents for Roma and displaced persons, and in the meantime to facilitate their access to economic, social and cultural rights

In May 2014, the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights considered the Second Periodic Report of Serbia on the measures applied and…
/ Ivana Stankovic, Programme Coordinator, Praxis
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The case of Valjbona and her children - lack of birth registration leaves many Roma children in a situation of undetermined nationality for an extended period of time

“Once I acquire nationality, my children will finally be able to go to the doctor’s when necessary and I will not have to pay for medicines. Nearby…
/ Ivanka Kostic, Executive Director, Praxis
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Abandoned by parents, neglected by the State

„...I just want to get an ID card, like other citizens, and then register the birth of my children. My greatest wish is that my children go to…
/ Marija Drazovic, Legal Advisor, Praxis
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New Birth Registration Procedure – Impact on the Prevention of Statelessness in Serbia

In August 2012, a new court procedure for determination of date and place of birth was established in Serbia. It is intended for the persons who…
/ Milijana Trifkovic, Legal Analyst, Praxis
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Prevention of statelessness at birth – adequate nationality law but inconsistent implementation

In December 2011, Serbia acceded to the Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness. The Serbian Law on Citizenship had already been in accordance…
/ Milijana Trifkovic, Legal Analyst, Praxis
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No Residence, No Rights

In many countries there is a circle of rights which are reserved only for their own nationals and that is one of the main facts that gives…
/ Milijana Trifkovic, Legal Analyst, Praxis
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Finally an Important Step towards the Solution for the Legally Invisible and Persons at Risk of Statelessness in Serbia

After years of advocacy efforts in drawing the attention of the state to the extremely difficult position of persons who failed to subsequently…
/ Ivanka Kostic, Executive Director, Praxis
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Giving a Face to the Invisible

The true personal testimonies of the Roma unregistered at birth translated into the documentary Here I Am found their way this summer to the hearts…
/ Jelena Petrovic, Programme Assistant, Praxis