Topic: Citizenship

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
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
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
Litigation

Dabetić v. Italy

After the breakup of Yugoslavia, the applicant spent two decades in Italy, unable to acquire any nationality, nor to receive protection as a stateless person.

Last update: June 19, 2017
Litigation

Zhao v. Netherlands

This complaint before the UN Human Rights Committee focuses on statelessness in the Netherlands.

Last update: June 19, 2017
Litigation

Anudo v. United Republic of Tanzania

Anudo Ochieng Anudo was forced to live in “no-man’s land” on the border between Tanzania and Kenya, as neither country recognized him as a citizen.

Last update: June 06, 2017
Litigation

Pham (previously B2) v. Home Secretary

The UK stripped Pham Minh Quang of his citizenship, claiming he was still a Vietnamese citizen and so not stateless. He appealed to the Supreme Court, but his appeal was rejected.

Last update: March 23, 2015
Litigation

Expelled Dominicans and Haitians v. Dominican Republic

Mass expulsions from the Dominican Republic of people of Haitian descent breached the duty to prevent statelessness.

Last update: October 22, 2014
Litigation

Home Secretary v. Al-Jedda

The UK government stripped Al-Jedda of his citizenship, arguing he could re-apply for Iraqi citizenship and was not stateless. The UK Supreme Court found that indeed he was left stateless.

Last update: October 28, 2013
Litigation

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
Litigation

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
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
Litigation

Kuric v. Slovenia

This case concerns citizenship rights and statelessness in Slovenia.

Last update: July 06, 2011
Litigation

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
Litigation

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
Litigation

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
Litigation

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
Litigation

Williams v. Spain

With Women’s Link Worldwide and SOS-Racismo Madrid, the Open Society Justice Initiative filed a complaint to the United Nations Human Rights Committee on behalf of Rosalind Williams regarding a case of racial profiling by a Spanish police officer.

Last update: August 12, 2009
Litigation

Yean and Bosico v. Dominican Republic

This is a case brought by two Dominican girls of Haitian descent who were denied Dominican nationality in spite of the fact that both were born in the country, which should legally entitle them to citizenship.

Last update: July 01, 2009
Litigation

People v. Côte d'Ivoire

This case is about citizenship discrimination against minorities in Côte d'Ivoire.

Last update: May 14, 2009
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