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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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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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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: June 07, 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

After the breakup of Yugoslavia, the applicant spent two decades in Italy, unable to acquire any nationality, nor to receive protection as a stateless person.

Last update: June 19, 2017
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Zhao v. Netherlands

This complaint before the UN Human Rights Committee focuses on statelessness in the Netherlands.

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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Expelled Dominicans and Haitians v. Dominican Republic

Mass expulsions from the Dominican Republic of people of Haitian descent breached the duty to prevent statelessness.

Last update: October 22, 2014
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