Topic: Citizenship


France’s New Government Moves Quickly on Discriminatory Police Stops

France’s new prime minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault, says his government is planning to introduce a system of “receipts” aimed at tracking police stops that have been found to focus disproportionately on Arab and African youths.

June 01, 2012 | Lanna Hollo

Israel’s Supreme Court Condones Discriminatory Citizenship Law

In a setback for equal rights, the Israeli Supreme Court rejected a series of petitions challenging a law that, among other things, makes it impossible for Palestinians to acquire Israeli citizenship through marriage.

January 12, 2012 | Sebastian Kohn

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

Citizenship and State Succession in the Sudans

In July the Republic of South Sudan became Africa's newest independent state. The Sudanese government refuses to consider the hundreds of thousands of "southerners" who reside in the North as citizens.

December 19, 2011 | Bronwen Manby

Abusing Citizenship in Zambia—Again

The manipulation of citizenship laws for political purposes has long been a popular way of excluding opponents and silencing critics. In Zambia it's become all too familiar.

October 17, 2011 | Sebastian Kohn

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

The Return: Dilemmas for Congolese Refugees in Rwanda

Tens of thousands of Congolese refugees are poised to return to their home country after more than a decade of exile in neighboring Rwanda. They face a cold welcome.

September 09, 2011 | Lucy Hovil

Why the Convention on Statelessness Matters

The Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness, which is marking its 50th anniversary, remains the best international tool we have to help the more than 12 million people around the world who have no nationality anywhere.

August 30, 2011 | Sebastian Kohn

Case Watch: Battling Statelessness in Slovenia

Twenty years after the break-up of the Yugoslav federation, the European Court of Human Rights is focusing on the plight of 25,000 people who were erased from Slovenia's registry of residents after the republic declared its independence.

July 12, 2011 | Denise Bell

Kuric v. Slovenia

This case concerns citizenship rights and statelessness in Slovenia.

Last update: July 06, 2011
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
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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
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Europe Finds Some Religions More Equal Than Others

By banning headscarves, what message is Europe sending to its Muslim population? That we are open, tolerant and pluralistic, but not towards you?

April 11, 2011 | Maxim Ferschtman

Time to Turn Legal Victories into Better Lives for Roma

Despite considerable legal gains, discrimination against Roma remains widespread in Europe, and while violence has subsided in some countries, it has increased in others.

April 07, 2011 | Tracey Gurd
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
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Dominican Reforms Fall Short

The Dominican Republic is talking up reforms in its discriminatory process for acquiring national identity documents. A closer look reveals a much less encouraging picture.

March 31, 2011 | Indira Goris

Stateless in Kuwait: Who Are the Bidoon?

Believe it or not, one of the richest countries on earth simply cannot be bothered to document the size of its stateless population, let alone resolve this long-standing problem.

March 24, 2011 | Sebastian Kohn

Something Rotten in Denmark

It's rare that statelessness finds its way into the headlines. But with one minister resigning and another now under attack, a fight over citizenship policy is roiling the political scene in Denmark.

March 18, 2011 | Laura Bingham

Case Watch: Roma Sterilization Case Reaches European Court

V. C. was just twenty years old when she was sterilized after giving birth in a Slovakian hospital. She claims her Roma ethnicity played a vital role in her sterilization. Next week, the European Court of Human Rights will hear the case.

March 17, 2011 | Margot Dickson
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