Statelessness

Families Divided in the Dominican Republic

Robin Guittard | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK
Robin Guittard

The Dominican Republic's nationality rules are a tangle of check-boxes and criteria, but for one family the impact of new legislation could not be more stark. By a fluke of bureaucracy, two out of three children might be awarded citizenship and all its benefits, but the third could remain lost in the limbo of statelessness...

Residence Test for Legal Aid Will Deny Access to Justice

Sarah Teather | Posted 02.09.2014 | UK Politics
Sarah Teather

Some might think this doesn't matter. Some may point out that thousands of pieces of law are made is this way every year. However, very few, if any, pieces of secondary legislation will have such far reaching consequences as the residence test for civil legal aid.

Point of No Return

Jerome Phelps | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Politics
Jerome Phelps

The UK's practice of indefinite immigration detention is a great anomaly, in the context both of the restrictions that the government has accepted on anti-terror detention, and of how pretty much every comparable state handles these things. The UK is unique in Europe in having no time limit to immigration detention and in actually locking people up for years for their immigration status.

Dominican Republic Court Ruling Leaves Tens of Thousands Facing a Future of Statelessness

Emma Pomfret | Posted 10.12.2013 | UK
Emma Pomfret

Imagine being born in a country where your parents and grandparents also grew up and then one day being told you are no longer eligible for nationality there. This means you will no longer have access to education, healthcare, a formal job, social security, or even be able to marry or register the births of your children...

IN PICTURES: The Stateless Women Denied Healthcare, Passports And Education

The Huffington Post UK | linda Dorigo And Jessica Elgot | Posted 22.05.2013 | UK

Dancing in front of the mirror, or lounging in the living room smoking a cigarette, nothing seems to set these women apart from their Lebanese neighbo...

Aren't We Forgetting Someone?

Nigel Chapman | Posted 15.06.2013 | UK
Nigel Chapman

We tend to forget that birth registration is a critical life event and that a birth certificate can make or break a child's future. Later in life, a birth certificate can help protect a child against forced marriage, child labour, premature enlistment in the armed forces or, if accused of a crime, prosecution as an adult.

Rohingya Women: the World's Forgotten Plight

Tehmina Kazi | Posted 28.10.2012 | UK Politics
Tehmina Kazi

Back in Myanmar, rape has been used as an age-old weapon of war. Many Rohingya men have been killed or put into concentration camps, handing security forces further opportunities to assault women from the inside out.