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Birth registration of Roma children is becoming more difficult: a case study from Serbia

This piece draws on Praxis’ work providing free legal aid to people at risk of statelessness in Serbia. It details the case of Sara, a Roma child…
/ Milan Radojev, Legal Coordinator, Praxis
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Vicious circles of Roma statelessness in Serbia – A road map

The Roma community in Serbia continues to endure challenges when it comes to birth registration and citizenship acquisition. The risk of…
/ Ivanka Kostic – Advocacy Consultant on Statelessness, Praxis, Serbia
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Using the Statelessness Index as a tool to help secure law and policy reform in Serbia

Is my country party to international conventions dealing with statelessness? Is there any data on the stateless population? Is there a procedure to…
/ Milan Radojev, Status and Socioeconomic Rights Programme Coordinator, Praxis
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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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Using the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child to help protect children from statelessness in Serbia

(A version of this article was first published in the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion’s the  World's Stateless 2017 report.)
/ Vuk Raicevic, Legal Analyst, Praxis
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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