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Justice Initiative lawyers have represented scores of individuals and groups before domestic and international human rights courts and tribunals around the world. These cases seek not only to vindicate individual claims, but to establish and strengthen the law’s protection for all. 

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Zhao v. Netherlands

In the UN Human Rights Committee's first ever decision on the right of children to acquire nationality, it determined that by registering a child as “nationality unknown”, Dutch authorities violated his right to international protection and to seek a nationality.

Last update: December 29, 2020
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Nubian Rights Forum et al. v. the Honourable Attorney General of Kenya et al. (“NIIMS case”)

The Nubian Rights Forum and the Kenya Human Rights Commission have appealed a Kenyan High Court decision on the National Integrated Identity Management System (NIIMS) (or "Huduma Namba"), a national identity card system that would exclude millions of Kenyan residents and give the government all-encompassing surveillance powers.

Last update: February 12, 2020
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Right to Nationality of Children Born in Colombia

Colombia's arbitrary denial of nationality to children born in Colombia to Venezuelan parents places children at risk of statelessness.

Last update: January 23, 2020
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Sentsov and Kolchenko v. Russia

The imposition of Russian nationality on Ukrainian citizens in Crimea resulted in the violation of the applicants' fair trial rights.

Last update: November 20, 2019
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Huseynov v. Azerbaijan

Emin Huseynov, an Azerbaijani journalist, argues that a declaration renouncing his nationality—made under duress—cannot be used by the government to revoke his citizenship.

Last update: December 07, 2017
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Dabetić v. Italy

The Justice Initiative has filed an application before the European Court of Human Rights regarding Italy’s failure to remediate an individual's prolonged status of statelessness in a timely manner, which resulted in harms including inability to work, threat of deportation, and denial of protection from the state.

Last update: June 19, 2017
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Anudo v. United Republic of Tanzania

Anudo Ochieng Anudo was forced to live in “no-man’s land” on the border between Tanzania and Kenya, as neither country recognized him as a citizen.

Last update: June 06, 2017
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Pham (previously B2) v. Home Secretary

The UK stripped Pham Minh Quang of his citizenship, claiming he was still a Vietnamese citizen and so not stateless. He appealed to the Supreme Court, but his appeal was rejected.

Last update: March 23, 2015
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