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A Community-Based Practitioner’s Guide: Documenting Citizenship and Other Forms of Legal Identity

This guide provides instructions on how to establish a community-based paralegal program to help people document citizenship and other forms of legal identity.

June 2018
First page of PDF with filename: a-community-based-practitioners-guide-documenting-citizenship-and-other-forms-of-legal-identity-20180627.pdf
Report

Born in the Americas: The Promise and Practice of Nationality Laws in Brazil, Chile, and Colombia

This examination of citizenship regimes in Brazil, Chile and Colombia finds weaknesses that create the risk of statelessness.

March 2017
First page of PDF with filename: born-in-the-americas-20170323.pdf
Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet: Children’s Right to a Nationality

This fact sheet explains the causes and consequences of statelessness for children around the world.

June 2011
First page of PDF with filename: children-nationality-20110624.pdf
Report

Without Citizenship: Statelessness, Discrimination, and Repression in Kuwait

This report looks at the bidoon in Kuwait, a large population of stateless persons in the small emirate, with particular focus on discrimination in access to, and withdrawal of, nationality.

May 2011
First page of PDF with filename: without-citizenship-20110512.pdf
Fact Sheet

Nationality and Discrimination: The Case of Kenyan Nubians

This Open Society Justice Initiative fact sheet provides an overview of statelessness and discrimination in access to nationality among Nubians in Kenya.

April 2011
First page of PDF with filename: kenyan-nubians-factsheet-20110412.pdf
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De Jure Statelessness in the Real World: Applying the Prato Summary Conclusions

Who are the stateless? This paper examines the definition of a stateless person and shows how it could be applied in the real world.

March 2011 | Sebastian Kohn
First page of PDF with filename: prato-statelessness-20110303.pdf
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International Law and the Right to Nationality in Sudan

Among the many critical choices that Sudan is facing in the context of the referendums on the status of South Sudan and Abyei are the criteria that will be established to determine citizenship of the new entities, argues Bronwen Manby of the Open...

February 2011 | Bronwen Manby
First page of PDF with filename: sudan-nationality-20110218.pdf
Report

Dominicans of Haitian Descent and the Compromised Right to Nationality

The Open Society Justice Initiative presented this report to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, highlighting systematic discrimination in the Dominican Republic.

October 2010
First page of PDF with filename: Dominican-Republic-Nationality-Report-ENG-20110805.pdf
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