Topic: Citizenship


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

Zhao v. Netherlands

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

Last update: June 19, 2017

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

Home Secretary v. Al-Jedda

The UK government stripped Al-Jedda of his citizenship, arguing he could re-apply for Iraqi citizenship and was not stateless. The UK Supreme Court found that indeed he was left stateless.

Last update: October 28, 2013

Adalah v. Israel

This case is about discrimination in Israel, where citizens who marry individuals from the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon are blocked from bringing their spouses into the country.

Last update: January 11, 2012

Iseni v. Italian Ministry of the Interior

Roberto Iseni is in danger of criminal sanctions and expulsion because he failed to apply for a passport within a 12-month window following his 18th birthday, as dictated by Italian law.

Last update: December 20, 2011

Children of Nubian Descent in Kenya v. Kenya

The African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child found that children of Kenya's Nubian minority face discrimination leading to statelessness, violating African human rights standards.

Last update: September 30, 2011

Nubian Community in Kenya v. Kenya

Africa's human rights tribunal found that members of Kenya's Nubian community face arbitrary procedures that restrict their access to vital national identity documents.

Last update: May 17, 2010

Dutch Caribbean Consultative Body v. Data Protection Authority

This case challenges the Dutch government’s attempt to create a database of all youths of Antillean descent.

Last update: March 11, 2009
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Hearing on Roma Discrimination in Italy Marks Progress, but Crisis Unresolved

A hearing on the case of Omerovic and Others v. Italy, filed in cooperation with the Open Society Justice Initiative, marks the first time testimony has been presented in court to challenge Italy’s Nomad Emergency Decree for unfairly targeting...

September 17, 2010
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Groups Call on Czech Minister to Desegregate Schools

The Czech government should take immediate action to implement the European Court of Human Rights judgment in the case of D.H. and Others, urged a letter sent to the newly appointed Minister of Education by the Open Society Justice Initiative and...

July 30, 2010
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Rights Groups Denounce Greek Prosecutor's Racist Statement

A statement made by Greece's top prosecutor suggesting that certain ethnic groups are involved in crime is racist and must be retracted, reports the Open Society Justice Initiative.

February 05, 2008
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Open Society Justice Initiative Seeks Relief for Slovenia's “Erased” Citizens

In a brief submitted to the European Court of Human Rights, the Open Society Justice Initiative argued that the Slovene government's erasure of thousands of its citizens violated the European Convention of Human Rights.

October 16, 2007
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Open Society Justice Initiative Makes Statement to the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights

The Open Society Justice Initiative, together with partners in a number of African countries, is undertaking a survey of the state of the law.

May 02, 2005

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
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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
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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
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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
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Unmaking Americans: Insecure Citizenship in the United States

This report argues that three techniques are currently being used by the U.S. government to attack the identity and sense of belonging of U.S. citizens.

September 2019
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Fact Sheet

Unmaking Americans: Insecure Citizenship in the United States—Fact Sheet

This fact sheet outlines how existing gaps in citizenship protections increase the vulnerability of citizens because of their race, national origin, religion, political opinion or a combination of factors.

September 2019
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