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Title: Suggested reading on statelessness - UNHCR and other UN and international documents
Description/subject: Search results for Statelessness. A rich seam of reports, Excom conclusions, guidelines, commentaries, descriptions and case studies etc. on statelessness.
Language: English
Source/publisher: UNHCR
Format/size: html, pdf
Date of entry/update: 24 December 2010


Individual Documents

Title: Lives on Hold - The Human Costs of Statelessness
Date of publication: February 2005
Description/subject: "Lives on Hold: The Human Costs of Statelessness is Refugees International's new 50-page report that highlights the difficulties faced by an estimated 11 million individuals worldwide who have no citizenship or effective nationality. These stateless people are international orphans who have fallen through the cracks of the United Nations. They regularly cannot participate in the political process of any country and are guaranteed no legal protections. Because of their status, millions of stateless people have difficulty in obtaining jobs and owning property, receive inadequate access to healthcare and education, and suffer sexual and physical violence. The report documents the human costs of the problem in more than 70 countries with particular emphasis on groups in Bangladesh, Estonia and the United Arab Emirates, and provides recommendations to the international community on what must be done by the UN, individual states and donor governments like the United States."
Author/creator: M. Lynch
Language: English
Source/publisher: Refugees International
Format/size: pdf (1.49MB)
Date of entry/update: 16 February 2005


Title: Stateless and unregistered children
Date of publication: 1998
Description/subject: Box 6.4 of the chapter on Statelessness and Citizenship from the 1997 "The State of the World's Refugees". "In most countries, babies are registered with the relevant authorities soon after they are born, enabling them to receive a birth certificate. Without such a certificate, it can be very difficult for a person to lay claim to a nationality or to exercise the rights associated with citizenship. Individuals who lack a birth certificate may, for example, find it impossible to leave or return to their own country, register as a voter or gain access to public health and education services..." Includes a para on the Rohingyas.
Language: English
Source/publisher: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Statelessness and Citizenship (Chapter 6 of the 1997 "State of the World's Refugees")
Date of publication: 1998
Description/subject: Headings include: Nationality and Citizenship; New Dimensions of Statelessness; Human and Humanitarian Implications; The Link with Forced Displacement; National and International Responsibilities; Strengthening the Legal and Institutional Regime; The Role of UNHCR; Citizenship and Internaional Security. "The Universal Declaration of Human Rights unequivocally states that “everyone has the right to a nationality” and that “no-one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his nationality.” But many thousands of people across the globe lack the security and protection which citizenship can provide. A substantial proportion of the world’s stateless people are also victims of forced displacement. In some instances, individuals and communities are deprived of their nationality by governmental decree and are subsequently expelled from the country which they consider to be their home. In other situations, stateless people are obliged to flee because of the persecution and discrimination which they experience. And having left the country where they have lived for most or all their lives, stateless people may subsequently find it impossible to return..." Contains references to the Rohingyas.
Language: English
Source/publisher: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003