Roma Belong Editorial

Resolving statelessness in Roma communities requires improved inclusion, participation and scrutiny of discrimination

This week two European conferences take place asking crucial questions on inclusion and statelessness. On Monday and Tuesday, Roma civil society,…
/ Nina Murray, Head of Policy & Research at the 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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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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Working towards the eradication of statelessness in South Eastern Europe

Several contributors have reported on this website on statelessness in South Eastern Europe and on initiatives to strengthen civil registration and…
/ Inge Sturkenboom, UNHCR
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From Commitments to Achievements? The Zagreb Declaration on Access to Civil Documentation and Registration in South Eastern Europe

We know that there are still around 20,000 people who lack basic civil documentation and registration in South East Europe. This figure can only be…
/ Stéphanie Marsal, Senior Advisor, Office of the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities
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Legally Invisible, Fighting for Health Care

Vela does not officially exist. Although she has lived in Macedonia all her life, neither she nor her four children have access to health services.…
/ Tamar Ezer is a Senior Program Officer in the Law and Health Initiative of the Open Society Public Health Program
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Roma statelessness in Italy – field research reveals long-awaited data

The Italian Council for Refugees (CIR), with the support of Open Society Foundations, issued its study summarizing the results of the project “In…
/ Daniela Di Rado, Italian Council for Refugees (CIR)
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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