Detention toolkit Publications

Protecting stateless persons from arbitrary detention - A regional toolkit for practitioners

ENS has published a toolkit for practitioners from across Europe. It is intended as a resource for all those who come into contact with stateless…
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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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Statelessness determination procedure in Italy: who bears the burden of proof?

The Italian Court of Cassation has recently ruled on a case concerning the statelessness determination procedure (Court of Cassation No. 4262 of 3…
/ Giulia Bittoni, University of Burgundy and University of Bologna
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Statelessness in Ireland – international obligations and national reality

Ireland has adopted a somewhat incoherent approach in matters related to international conventions.  Sometimes, Ireland will not sign or ratify a…
/ Catherine Cosgrave, Managing Solicitor at the Immigrant Council of Ireland
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Do stateless people have a right to die?

It was in October last year (2014) when Tereza, the long-term partner of my stateless client, came to my office and said to me: “Roman is in hospital…
/ Katarína Fajnorová, The Human Rights League, Slovakia
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Change is in the air: An update on efforts to tackle statelessness in the Netherlands

Whoever tells you that writing a doctorate thesis implies wasting four years of your life in the library is probably not researching statelessness…
/ Katja Swider, University of Amsterdam
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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
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Strategically litigating statelessness: ENS’s three-year strategy

The European Network on Statelessness (ENS) is launching its three-year litigation strategy, based on the belief that part of the fight to end…
/ Adam Weiss, European Roma Rights Centre