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.
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...
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.
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?
Ouardiri v. Switzerland
This case is about a Swiss ban on the construction of minarets that clearly discriminates against Muslims.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sejdic and Finci v. Bosnia and Herzegovina
This case is about the right of minorities to run for political office in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
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.
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.
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.
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.