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Statelessness: A blind spot on Austria’s human rights record

Austria is often praised by its official representatives as a model country concerning human rights protection, with a positive record on…
/ Leonhard Call, independent human rights consultant
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No nationality, no rights – Statelessness affecting Dominicans of Haitian descent

Two years ago the Dominican Constitutional Court judgement 168/13 deprived hundreds of thousands of Dominicans of Haitian descent of their…
/ Laura Quintana Soms, Minority Rights Group
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Using the UN Human Rights Special Procedures to address statelessness

Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have not to date made as much use as they could of the United Nations (UN) Special Procedures to raise and…
/ Rachel Brett
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Using the UPR to address statelessness

The United Nations Human Rights Council has a system of 'Universal Periodic Review' (UPR) which covers all member states of the UN.  This means that…
/ Rachel Brett, Human Rights Adviser - Quaker UN Office, Geneva
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The right to a legal identity or the right to a legal ID?

Proposed target 16.9 of the soon-to-be-adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) reads: Provide legal identity to all, including birth…
/ Laura van Waas, Co-Director of the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion
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Litigating for the stateless – a bumpy, but steady road upwards

Ever wonder why there are so few cases on statelessness before international supervisory bodies and regional courts? The task of browsing through…
/ Maxim Ferschtman is Senior Legal Adviser on equality and citizenship at the Open Society Justice Initiative
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More than a photo op – an opportunity for advocacy with governments on accession

Complaints about the low number of States that are party to the UN statelessness conventions have been a constant feature of international…
/ Mark Manly, Senior Legal Coordinator (Statelessness) for UNHCR