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A victory for human rights in Zhao v. the Netherlands (the ‘Denny case’): Nationality from birth, without exceptions

In its first-ever decision on the right to nationality, issued in late December, the UN Human Rights Committee calls on the Netherlands to enact a…
/ By Laura Bingham, Open Society Justice Initiative (OSJI) and Jelle Klaas, Public Interest Litigation Project of the International Commission of Jurists (NJCM)
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ENS and Fundacion Cepaim call for legislative reforms to improve the situation of stateless people in Spain

In a joint letter sent to the Spanish Prime Minister yesterday, ENS and Fundación Cepaim launched a campaign calling on Spain to introduce critical…
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Equating the rights of stateless persons with refugees in Spain

The new law should raise the standard of protection for those applying for stateless status and equate it to Spain’s law on asylum which offers a…
/ Nacho Hernández Moreno. Lawyer, International Affairs Department, Fundación Cepaim
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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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UK Home Office changes to Immigration Rules on statelessness: a mixed bag

The extension of stateless leave from 2.5 to 5 years is very welcome; other changes to the Immigration Rules relating to statelessness raise concerns.
/ Cynthia Orchard, Statelessness Policy and Casework Coordinator at Asylum Aid and Judith Carter, Lecturer and In-house Solicitor at the Liverpool Law Clinic
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Telling the stories of stateless persons through animation

For me as a visual artist it is important to collaborate with people who work in the field and have in depth knowledge of the issue I’m focusing on…
/ Daniela Krajčová, Visual artist
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Let’s talk about the army

How is the army relevant to statelessness? Conscription, a compulsory participation of citizens in their states’ military, still exists in over 60…
/ Katja Swider, University of Amsterdam
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States as a root cause of statelessness

What is the root cause of statelessness? There are many answers to this question – conflict of nationality laws, gender discrimination, persecution…
/ Katja Swider, University of Amsterdam
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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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Hungarian Constitutional Court declares that lawful stay requirement in statelessness determination breaches international law

Until now, only lawfully staying persons could initiate a statelessness determination procedure in Hungary. After nearly eight years of struggle…
/ Gábor Gyulai, Refugee Programme Coordinator at the Hungarian Helsinki Committee
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Why Malta needs to accede to the UN Statelessness Conventions

“If I was granted citizenship now, it would be like having been inside this room for twelve years [referring to a very small and crammed counselling…
/ Sophia Soares, UNHCR
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Statelessness in Italy: What’s next?

“It is time to give voice to the strangers among strangers”. With these words, journalist Gad Lerner introduced the first public meeting on…
/ Héléna Behr and Silvia Loschiavo. UNHCR Regional Representation for Southern Europe