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Victory for the Erased at the European Court of Human Rights

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Many Roma in Europe are stateless and live outside social protection

Saturday, June 6, 2009
There are Roma in a number of European countries who have no nationality. They face a double jeopardy - being stateless makes life even harder for those who are already stigmatized and facing a plethora of serious, discrimination-related problems. For those who happen to be migrants as well, their situation is even worse. Read More

Two New Reports on Nationality Issues in Latvia Published

Thursday, September 25, 2008
Two recent reports on nationality issues in Latvia are available at: Read More

Imagine This: You Have No Country, No Country Will Claim You - U.S. State Department Dipnote on Statelessness

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Pushes Legislation to Help Bring An End to Statelessness, Human Trafficking, and the Plight of Refugees

Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Continuing to Fight for Human Rights Around the World Read More

Legislation Addresses Plight of Millions of People Worldwide without Citizenship

Tuesday, July 1, 2008
WASHINGTON D.C.—The Open Society Policy Center today hailed the commitment of Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) to address the global crisis of statelessness. Read More

“No one should have to be stateless in today’s Europe”

Friday, June 13, 2008
Everyone has the right to a nationality. Also, no one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his or her nationality or denied the right to change nationality. These rights are spelled out in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights – but still not respected in a number of countries, also in Europe. The victims are stateless. Read More

Refugee Voices: A Nubian Elder’s Reflections on Ending Statelessness

Thursday, May 22, 2008
Although more than forty ethnic groups reside in Kenya, not all of them have been able to call that country home. The Nubian community, whose ancestors came to Kenya from Sudan in the late nineteenth century as conscripts of the British colonial army, is one group that has historically been denied citizenship. Read More

Visual Mission: Nubians in Kenya Seek Closure on Statelessness

Thursday, May 22, 2008
Twice the size of the U.S. state of Nevada in land mass, Kenya spans the equator and, with the Indian Ocean running along its southeast coast, shares borders with Somalia, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda, and Sudan. The country is a regional hub for trade, finance, and communication. Kenya provides shelter to almost a quarter of a million refugees. Read More

UN Report Published

Friday, March 14, 2008
The UN has published a report by the  Independent Expert on Minority Issues, Gay McDougall, entitled, 'Promotion and Protection of all Human Rights, Civil,Political, Economic, Social and Cultural Rights,   including the Right to Development.' Read More