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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
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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
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
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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
Report

The Rights of Noncitizens: A Discussion Among Global Advocates

Advocates and nongovernmental organizations from around the world gathered to discuss the pressing vulnerabilities suffered by noncitizens at a conference hosted by the Open Society Justice Initiative.

May 1, 2004
First page of PDF with filename: noncitizens_20040201_0.pdf
Report

Racial Discrimination and the Rights of Noncitizens

The Open Society Justice Initiative submitted this comprehensive report on the global link between racial discrimination and the rights of noncitizens to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

February 1, 2004
First page of PDF with filename: noncitizens_20040201.pdf
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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
Report

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
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