Topic: Citizenship

Litigation

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
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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
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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
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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
Litigation

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
First page of PDF with filename: children-nationality-20110624.pdf
Report

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
First page of PDF with filename: without-citizenship-20110512.pdf
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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
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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
First page of PDF with filename: kenyan-nubians-factsheet-20110412.pdf
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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
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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
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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
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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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Denied a Shot at a Good Education

Europe's top human-rights watchdog issued an urgent rebuke to the Czech Republic last week: Stop the continued racial segregation of Roma children in schools, which damns them to "a future as second-class citizens."

March 10, 2011 | James A. Goldston
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Genocide in All But Name, for the “Crime” of Being Gay

Seven countries still apply the death penalty against homosexuals. Another 75 criminalize same-sex relations. It’s time to do something about these state-sanctioned acts of hate and destruction.

March 04, 2011 | Sebastian Kohn
Litigation

Bagdonavicius v. Russia

This is a case brought by the Open Society Justice Initiative challenging the destruction of Roma families' homes in Russia.

Last update: March 04, 2011
Report

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
Voices

Out in the Cold: Vetting for Nationality in Kenya

In Kenya, secret government edicts ensure that millions face discrimination when they try to secure access to nationality and basic rights. But a new case before the High Court in Mombasa is chipping away at the practice.

March 01, 2011 | Sebastian Kohn
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Doing the Math on Police Stop-and-Search

The UK Parliament has agreed to drastically cut the police recording of stops and searches. The trouble is the figures behind the decision don't add up.

February 04, 2011 | Rebekah Delsol & Michael Shiner
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