Open Society Justice Initiative Joins Statement of Concern on Assam Registration Crisis
The Open Society Justice Initiative has joined over 100 civil society organizations from around the world in a statement condemning a citizenship registration review in the Indian state of Assam that excluded more than 1.9 million people from the National Register of Citizens (NRC).
The joint statement warns that those excluded are "undeniably at extreme risk of imminent statelessness, as they have effectively been stripped of their citizenship".
It also calls for the issue to be addressed by states attending the forthcoming High-Level Segment on Statelessness in Geneva, being convened by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees to mark the mid-point in its 10-year global campaign to end statelessness.
Kenya's National Integrated Identity Management Scheme (NIIMS)
Kenya's introduction of a national digital identity scheme has triggered protests from local human rights and community groups concerned with both privacy, and the scheme's impact on minority communities.
Kenya’s Controversial Digital ID Scheme Faces Pushback
Kenya ushered in a national biometric ID system with little public input. Now, advocates are challenging the government in the courts to ensure inclusive policies and data privacy.
Case Watch: Ukraine ICJ Ruling Strengthens Protections against Discriminatory Use of Citizenship Law
In agreeing to proceed with a complaint by Ukraine against the Russian Federation, the International Court of Justice underlined the principle that states cannot use exclusionary citizenship laws to discriminate, and that such action can be challenged before its judges.