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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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North Macedonia takes important first step towards ending statelessness

On 3 January North Macedonia officially acceded to the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness, joining 74 other countries which have…
/ Jonathan Lee, European Roma Rights Centre
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Preventing Statelessness among Migrants in North Africa and their Children: Birth registration and ‘legal identity’

“Legal identity” is all the rage in international policy circles. From the target set by the Sustainable Development Goals to “provide legal…
/ Bronwen Manby, Senior Policy Fellow with the LSE’s Middle East Centre
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Interview with Fernand de Varennes, UN Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues

Prof Fernand de Varennes is Dean of the Faculté de droit at the Université de Moncton. He was appointed UN Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues in…
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Citizenship deprivation: differential treatment or discrimination?

After just three months in office, the Netherland’s Minister of Justice, Ferdinand Grapperhaus has already expressed his intention to strip two dual…
/ Sangita Jaghai, PhD Candidate Tilburg Law School
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Civil society asks the Human Rights Council to hold Switzerland to account on statelessness

In November 2017, Switzerland will come before the UN Human Rights Council for Universal Periodic Review (UPR).
/ Nina Murray, European Network on Statelessness and Barbara von Rütte, humanrights.ch
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An Update on Statelessness Determination and Status in the UK - "Need for Fair and Timely Decisions"

Some stateless persons living in the UK face harsh realities. Most stateless people without legal status cannot leave the UK because no country will…
/ Cynthia Orchard, Legal Policy Officer at Asylum Aid
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“I want to speak to all youth who are stateless, and say never give up!” – The powerful testimony and participation of youth at this year’s UNHCR Annual Consultations with NGOs

These were the inspiring words uttered by Zhirair (Stateless Youth from Georgia) during the opening plenary session of this year’s UNHCR NGO…
/ Chris Nash, Director of the European Network on Statelessness
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It’s time to take action to protect stateless persons from arbitrary detention

The immigration detention of stateless persons is one of the silent tragedies of our globalised world that plays out behind closed doors, away from…
/ François Crépeau, UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants
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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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In pursuit of solutions for the stateless

In pursuit of solutions was the theme of last week’s 2015 UNHCR NGO Consultations, a focus that perfectly captures the motivation behind UNHCR’s #…
/ Chris Nash, Director of the European Network on Statelessness