Topic: Citizenship

Advocacy update

Justice Initiative Expresses Concern over Trump Administration Proposal to Expand Biometric Surveillance on Immigrants, U.S. Citizens

The Justice Initiative is expressing concern over a Trump administration proposal to expand the use of invasive data collection in the U.S., which could lead continuous surveillance of immigrants and their families.

October 13, 2020
Press release

Justice Initiative Sues U.S. Government for Denaturalization Records

In light of the Trump administration's use of denaturalization proceedings as a tool for general immigration enforcement, the Justice Initiative has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Departments of Justice and Homeland Security to obtain government records on the denaturalization and deportation of Americans.

March 11, 2020
Litigation

Nubian Rights Forum et al. v. the Honourable Attorney General of Kenya et al. (“NIIMS case”)

The Nubian Rights Forum and the Kenya Human Rights Commission have appealed a Kenyan High Court decision on the National Integrated Identity Management System (NIIMS) (or "Huduma Namba"), a national identity card system that would exclude millions of Kenyan residents and give the government all-encompassing surveillance powers.

Last update: February 12, 2020
Advocacy update

Court Moves to Protect Venezuelan Children born in Colombia from Statelessness

A court in Colombia has ruled that the government must consider statelessness risks when determining the nationality of children born in Colombia to Venezuelans fleeing their country's political and economic chaos.

January 31, 2020
Advocacy update

Kenyan Court Puts Hold on Digital Identity Scheme

A Kenyan court has ordered the government to stop implementation of its the National Integrated Identity Management System (NIIMS) until a constitutionally sound framework is in place.

January 31, 2020
Briefing Paper

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.

March 2020
First page of PDF with filename: briefing-kenya-niims-03232020.pdf
Litigation

Right to Nationality of Children Born in Colombia

Colombia's arbitrary denial of nationality to children born in Colombia to Venezuelan parents places children at risk of statelessness.

Last update: January 23, 2020
Voices

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.

December 19, 2019 | Michele Eken
A woman being photographed
Litigation

Sentsov and Kolchenko v. Russia

The imposition of Russian nationality on Ukrainian citizens in Crimea resulted in the violation of the applicants' fair trial rights.

Last update: November 20, 2019
Advocacy update

Open Society Justice Initiative Comments on Expansion of Immigrant DNA Collection in U.S.

Open Society Justice Initiative and Instituto para Mujeres en la Migración have submitted a public comment over the Trump administration’s efforts to expand the forcible DNA collection of non-citizens in the United States.

November 20, 2019
Voices

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.

November 19, 2019 | Natasha Arnpriester & Laura Bingham
A man views a crowd of protesters from inside a bus
Press release

A New Report Warns of Looming Threat to U.S. Citizenship, Calls for Moratorium on Denaturalizations

A new Open Society Justice Initiative report warns of a looming threat to U.S. citizenship due to the Trump administration’s effective renunciation of longstanding norms and constitutional protections.

September 17, 2019
Report

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
First page of PDF with filename: unmaking-americans-insecure-citizenship-in-the-united-states-report-20190916.pdf
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
First page of PDF with filename: unmaking-americans-insecure-citizenship-in-the-united-states-fact-sheet-20190916.pdf
Advocacy update

Open Society Justice Initiative Joins Statement of Concern on Assam Registration Crisis

Over 100 international and national civil society groups have signed a joint-letter calling for an international response to a India's troubled review of its National Register of Citizens in Assam.

September 05, 2019
Voices

How Weaponizing Citizenship Hurts the Justice System

No one should have their citizenship revoked as a form of punishment. It’s wrong—and it undermines the rule of law.

March 04, 2019 | Natasha Arnpriester
A woman and a child near a tent
Voices

Saving Newborn Rohingya from a Legal Abyss

The government of Bangladesh has already promised to uphold its obligation to register newborn Rohingya refugees. For the sake of international law—and the children’s future—it must stop dragging its feet.

August 10, 2018 | Natasha Arnpriester
A newborn baby wrapped in a red blanket
Press release

Open Society Justice Initiative and Namati Launch Guide to Document Citizenship for Stateless People

A new guidebook, created through a partnership between the Open Society Foundations, Namati, and the UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, seeks to help the 1.1 billion people who lack access to crucial identification documents.

June 26, 2018
Publication

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
Litigation

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
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