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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

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

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

Struggles for Citizenship in Africa

Written by Bronwen Manby of the Open Society Foundations, this book documents the dire consequences of pervasive citizenship discrimination across the continent.

October 2009 | Bronwen Manby
First page of PDF with filename: acknowledgements_20091009.pdf

Citizenship and Equality in Practice: Comments on the Right to Nationality Submitted to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

The Open Society Justice Initiative today urged the international community to develop a comprehensive strategy to resolve statelessness.

November 1, 2005
First page of PDF with filename: citizenship_20051101.pdf

Africa Discrimination and Citizenship Audit Report

Report of The Africa Discrimination and Citizenship Audit: Emerging Issues and the Way Forward held in Johannesburg, South Africa, by the Open Society Justice Initiative.

April 1, 2005
First page of PDF with filename: southafrica_20050401.pdf
Briefing Paper

Racial Discrimination in the Administration of Justice

A brief submitted by OSI's Open Society Justice Initiative to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination prior to the opening of its 65th session.

August 2, 2004
First page of PDF with filename: racial_justice.pdf

Africa Citizenship and Discrimination Preparatory Meeting Issues Report

Activists from 11 African countries, with the support of the Open Society Justice Initiative, will launch a two-year review of citizenship laws and practice on the continent.

July 27, 2004
First page of PDF with filename: audit_20040727.pdf
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