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From Syria to Europe: Experience of Stateless Kurds and Palestinian Refugees from Syria Seeking Protection in Europe

Institute of Statelessness and Inclusion, European Network on Statelessness, Steunpunt Vluchtelingen (ASKV),

Statelessness is an overlooked and often invisible feature of the forced migration context in Europe. Increasingly, however, actors involved in the refugee response are discovering that some of the men, women and children they work with face nationality problems. Between 2015 and 2017, EU Member States received a total of over 95,000 asylum applications by…

Identity Documents, Welfare Enhancement, and Group Empowerment in the Global South

Wendy Hunter,

This resource is from the Journal of Development Studies, 2019, Vol. 55, No. 3, 366–383. Having a birth certificate is a stepping stone to acquiring an array of rights and benefits, including other documents necessary to navigate in and outside of one’s home country. Despite a birth certificate’s importance, many children in the developing world…

Guía para Trabajadores Comunitarios Cómo Documentar la Nacionalidad y Otras Formas de Identidad Jurídica

Namati y Open Society Justice Initiative, en cooperación con UNHCR,

Actualmente, 1.100 millones de personas en el mundo no cuentan con documentos que acrediten su identidad legal. Sin esto, no pueden votar, acceder a atención de la salud o ir a la escuela, y se exponen al riesgo de ser apátridas. Puede haber comunidades enteras—sobre todo de sectores de bajos recursos y miembros de minorías—sin…

Vices of Discrimination: The Impacts of Vetting and Delays in the Issuance of ID Cards in Kenya

Namati ,

This policy brief aims to highlight the plight of Kenyans who face difficulties in getting identity cards due to their ethnicity. It sheds light on how the discretionary and discriminatory processes they endure delay the issuance of their ID cards and further demonstrates how these delays endanger the wellbeing of the applicants and their families. The…

The South African Citizenship Act (Act 88 of 1995)

The Parliament of the Republic of South Africa,

The South African Citizenship Act is the sole act which regulates citizenship in South Africa. It must be interpreted in the spirit of the Bill of Rights in the South African Constitution which states: “No citizen may be deprived of citizenship” and that South Africans share an equal citizenship.” – Section 20 Published in 1995,…

Childhood Statelessness in South Africa

Lawyers for Human Rights, The Institute for Statelessness and Inclusion,

This short booklet is a collection of real stories which illustrate the problems children in South Africa face with access to citizenship. It also recommends a solution and records the recommendations made by the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child on the relevant issue.

Strengthening Civil Registration and Vital Statistics for Births, Deaths and Causes of Death

World Health Organization (WHO),

This Resource Kit is designed to support countries in planning and implementing improvements to their civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) systems.

Birth Registration in Emergencies: A Review of Best Practices in Humanitarian Action

Plan International ,

Registering a birth is the first legal acknowledgement of a child’s existence; without proof of identity a child is invisible to the authorities. In many countries a birth certificate is a key document to gain access to basic services and to exercise fundamental human rights. In emergency situations, a child´s vulnerability to abuse is very…

Update on Marriage Registration for Refugees from Syria: Understanding the Procedures and Identifying the Challenges Faced by Refugees when Registering Marriages in Lebanon

Norwegian Refugee Council ,

This update provides an overview of the legal requirements for getting married and for marriage registration, particularly as it affects refugees in Lebanon.

Using Social Media to Campaign for Stateless Children

Zoe Gardner, European Network on Statelessness ,

Statelessness remains a relatively little-known and even less well understood issue across Europe. Despite the devastating impacts that not having a nationality can have on families and individuals, it is not an issue that has been accorded much salience in the public or political debate. In order to achieve these aims and harness support among…

Nationality Rights of the Nubian Child – Namati and Partners Submit a Policy Brief to ACERWC

Posted by Namati in Citizenship

On March 22, 2011, the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC) found Kenya to be in violation of the African Children’s Rights Charter. The case and verdict were based on the discriminatory rules and practices applied to Nubian children that denied them formal recognition of their Kenyan nationality. Without…

Justice & Identity in Kibera

Posted by Paul McCann in Citizenship

Kibera, reputedly Africa’s largest informal settlement, is not an easy place to find your way around. In this story and photo gallery Namati’s partner, the Nubian Rights Forum, introduce us to the crowded lanes that are home to their community. We meet some of their clients, Kenyan Nubians struggling with a discriminatory system that makes it…

Community Paralegals and the Legal Empowerment Approach to Statelessness

Posted by Laura Goodwin in Citizenship

Community Paralegals and the Legal Empowerment Approach to Statelessness Mohammad Javed is an Urdu-speaking entrepreneur living in the middle of Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh. Looking to grow his business, Mohammad decided to travel to India to start importing spare auto-rickshaw parts for his own repairs and to sell to others. Yet Mohammad was…

Justice in the SDGs for Nepal’s Women and Dalits

Posted by Namati in Post-2015 Agenda

The Kathmandu Post is running an OpEd by Som Niroula and Neetu Pokharel, of the Alliance for Social Dialogue in Nepal, that argues for the inclusion of justice targets in the new development goals. This, they argue, is the best way  of ensuring enforcement of Nepal’s obligations to women and those who suffer caste discrimination. “A large number of Nepali…

OpEd: A Citizenship Sea-Change in Bangladesh

Posted by Bremen Donovan in Citizenship

The Daily Star in Bangladesh printed an OpEd by Namati’s friend Bremen Donovan to coincide with a conference on Statelessness attended by Namati and its partner the Council of Minorities. It is one of the first times the wider Bengali public have been exposed to the work of paralegals from the Urdu-speaking community. The OpED…

The Paralegal Approach to Statelessness

Posted by Laura Goodwin in Citizenship

Namati’s Laura Goodwin, director of our citizenship program, making the case for the paralegal approach for Tilburg University, ahead of her appearance at the Tilburg/UNHCR Global Forum on Statelessness in The Hague on Sep 15-17. Mohammad Javed is an Urdu-speaking entrepreneur living in the middle of Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh. Looking to grow…

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