Topic: Citizenship


Children and Statelessness: A Q & A with Sebastian Kohn

Sebastian Kohn of the Open Society Justice Initiative talked about the under-recognized problem of stateless children and the overwhelming importance of ensuring access to the very basic right of nationality.

February 03, 2011 | Tracey Gurd

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
First page of PDF with filename: sudan-nationality-20110218.pdf

Case Watch: A Victory for Refugee Protection in Europe

With a landmark judgment, the European Court of Human Rights finally debunked one of the great myths about Europe's treatment of asylum seekers.

February 01, 2011 | Maxim Ferschtman

Human Rights: How Far Have We Come?

On the 60th anniversary of World Human Rights Day, the date when the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the UN, how far have we come in realizing that document's promise?

December 10, 2010 | Christian De Vos

Ouardiri v. Switzerland

This case is about a Swiss ban on the construction of minarets that clearly discriminates against Muslims.

Last update: October 22, 2010

Dominicans of Haitian Descent and the Compromised Right to Nationality

The Open Society Justice Initiative presented this report to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, highlighting systematic discrimination in the Dominican Republic.

October 2010
First page of PDF with filename: Dominican-Republic-Nationality-Report-ENG-20110805.pdf

Omerovic and Others v. Italy

In 2008 Italy introduced emergency legislation that applied only to Roma. The Omerovic family brought a legal action with nine other claimants to challenge this discriminatory treatment.

Last update: September 17, 2010

The Nubian Predicament: A Story about Colonial Legacy, Discrimination, and Statelessness

According to a recent survey, more than 99 percent of Nubians in Kenya identify themselves as Kenyan. But the government thinks otherwise.

September 09, 2010 | Sebastian Kohn

Europe’s Union Riven by Government Attacks on Minorities

Roma in Italy, burqas in France, minarets in Switzerland: the idea of European citizenship recedes with each affront to equality and solidarity.

August 24, 2010 | James A. Goldston

Stateless in Slovenia

Milan Makuc became homeless after his name—along with those of more than 18,000 other Slovenians—were deleted by the government from its official registry of residents. Eighteen years later a human rights court rectified this decision, but it came...

July 28, 2010 | Rachel Hart

The Struggle Against Statelessness Advances in Strasbourg

Eighteen years ago, as the country of Yugoslavia began to break apart, Mustafa Kuric became stateless. Last week, the European Court of Human Rights took a small step toward redressing the injustice that Kuric and thousands of other long-term...

July 21, 2010 | James A. Goldston

Kafka in the Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic harshly penalizes its citizens of Haitian descent because they do not have identity cards--documentation which the government (in violation of international law) refuses to issue to them.

June 03, 2010 | Liliana Gamboa

Bueno v. Dominican Republic

This case is about statelessness in the Dominican Republic. It focuses on a Dominican man who was denied identity documents because he was of Haitian descent.

Last update: June 01, 2010

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

Mikhaj and Others v. Russia

This case challenges discrimination against Roma children in Tula, Russia, who have been placed in segregated classes and refused the opportunity to study beyond the fifth year of primary school.

Last update: February 16, 2010

Sejdic and Finci v. Bosnia and Herzegovina

This case is about the right of minorities to run for political office in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Last update: December 22, 2009

We Are Dominicans

For Dominicans of Haitian descent, obtaining proof of citizenship—required for everything from education to employment to voting—has become a legal and bureaucratic impossibility.

December 09, 2009

HP v. Denmark

HP was tortured for years in Iran before fleeing the country and coming to Denmark. Yet for more than 15 years, he was denied the citizenship of his adopted country, where he has lived for decades.

Last update: December 01, 2009

Struggles for Citizenship in Africa

Written by Bronwen Manby of the Open Society Foundations, this book documents the dire consequences of pervasive citizenship discrimination across the continent.

October 2009 | Bronwen Manby
First page of PDF with filename: acknowledgements_20091009.pdf

Williams v. Spain

This case before the UN Human Rights Committee involves a woman in Spain stopped by a police officer and told to produce identity documents solely because she is black.

Last update: August 12, 2009
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