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Stuck in Morocco

How a failed trip to Morocco led to the creation of statefree.world platform, which provides a space for stateless people to share experiences and…
/ Christiana Bukalo, Founder of Statefree e.V.
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'Awaiting' - Stateless lives in Hungary

In 2007, Hungary was the world’s fifth country to introduce a statelessness determination procedure and protection status for those identified as…
/ Anikó Bakonyi (Senior Programme Officer, Hungarian Helsinki Committee) and Gábor Gyulai (Refugee Programme Director, Hungarian Helsinki Committee and ENS Board Member)
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Will Malta’s accession to the 1954 Convention help change a culture of ‘outright exclusion’ of stateless persons?

Malta finally acceded to the 1954 Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons on 11 December 2019 after numerous calls from civil society…
/ Jo Venkov - Lawyer and writer on statelessness, identity, citizenship and belonging
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Statelessness and Sustainable Development at the 2019 High Level Political Forum: A moment for reflection

In July this year, UN Member States will come together to consider progress on the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. The 2030 Agenda, adopted by…
/ Tendayi Bloom, Lecturer in Politics and International Studies at The Open University
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"Enough talk, we need concrete proposals" - Protecting the right to nationality in Macedonia

In November 2017 the newly elected Prime minister of Republic of Macedonia Mr. Zoran Zaev announced that his government will adopt a comprehensive…
/ Zoran Drangovski, President of Macedonian Young Layers Association (MYLA)
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Barriers to citizenship facing stateless children born in the UK

Stateless children born in the UK have a right to register as British citizens after living here for a continuous period of five years. But various…
/ Solange Valdez-Symonds, PRCBC and Steve Valdez-Symonds, Amnesty International UK
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Introducing the Citizenship Rights Africa website

Readers of the European Network on Statelessness blog may be interested in the newly relaunched website Citizenship Rights in Africa Initiative. The…
/ Bronwen Manby, Senior Visiting Fellow at the LSE Centre for the Study of Human Rights
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South African courts confirm the right to nationality of a stateless child - 20 year old legal principle protecting stateless children is finally implemented

On 6 September 2016 a 4 year court battle of a stateless child to access South African citizenship came to an end. Even though South African law…
/ Liesl Muller, Head of the Statelessness Project at Lawyers for Human Rights
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An Italian Recipe for Reducing Childhood Statelessness

The chefs spend their days cooking at the European Roma Rights Centre Ingredienti
/ Nicole Garbin (Chef de Cuisine) and Adam Weiss (Executive Chef)
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Irish British Subjects - A living reminder of the inter-linked history between the UK and Ireland

While perhaps well known to that small band of nationality lawyers around the world who take pleasure in obscure, forgotten and anachronistic…
/ Adrian Berry, Barrister
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Realising the right of every child to a nationality through the Convention on the Rights of the Child

When talking about how to end childhood statelessness in Europe, we often jump straight to the special standards that are contained in the 1961…
/ Laura van Waas, Co-Directory, Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion
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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