Prevention and reduction

Latvia takes a decisive step towards eliminating childhood statelessness

On 17 October Latvia's parliament passed legislation to grant automatic citizenship to children of 'non-citizens' as of 1 January 2020, unless the parents opt for another nationality. In cases where the child is born outside Latvia or one of the parents is a citizen of another country, the parents will have to submit an application and documents certifying that the child is not and has not been a citizen of any other country in order to be recognized as a Latvian citizen.

30 Oct 2019 / Latvia / Prevention and reduction

Joint Submission to the Human Rights Council at the 36th Session of the Universal Periodic Review - Bulgaria

The European Network on Statelessness, the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion (ISI) and the Foundation for Access to Rights have prepared a joint submission to the 36th Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in relation to statelessness in Bulgaria.

3 Oct 2019 / Bulgaria / Detention / Prevention and reduction / Statelessness determination and status

Des enfants de combattants français de Daesh bloqués en Syrie et en Irak exposés au risque d’apatridie

Selon le Fonds des Nations Unies pour l’enfance (UNICEF) environ 29 000 enfants de combattants étrangers sont bloqués en Syrie, et la plupart ont moins de 12 ans. Parmi eux, 20 000 viennent d’Irak et 9 000 viennent de 50 pays différents dont la France. Par ailleurs, 1 200 enfants de combattants étrangers se trouvent en Irak. Parmi ces mineurs, il y aurait plus de 200 enfants de combattants français de Daesh.

9 Sep 2019 / France / Prevention and reduction

Children of French fighters blocked in Syria and Iraq at risk of statelessness

According to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), around 29,000 children of foreign fighters are blocked in Syria, most of whom are under 12 years old. Among them, 20,000 come from Iraq and 9,000 come from 50 different countries, including France. Moreover, 1,900 children of foreign fighters are living in Iraq. Among these minors, more than 200 children of French Daesh fighters are living in Syria or Iraq.

9 Sep 2019 / France / Prevention and reduction

Urgent Reforms Needed to Improve UK's Approach to Statelessness

On 7 October 2019, the Global High Level Segment on Statelessness convened by UNHCR in Geneva will mark the mid-point of UNHCR's iBELONG campaign to end statelessness by 2024. This joint briefing by Consonant, Liverpool Law Clinic and the European Network on Statelessness recommends three urgent reforms for the UK to commit at the event to undertaking by the end of 2020 to improve its approach to statelessness.

28 Aug 2019 / Detention / International and Regional Instruments / Prevention and reduction / Statelessness determination and status / Statelessness population data / United Kingdom

Moldova publishes instructions to implement the law recognising Transnistrian civil status acts

On 29 May 2019, the Moldovan Government published instructions for the implementation of legal provisions that came into force in January 2018 recognising Transnistrian civil status acts (Law 310/2017). The Index highlights that in order to register a birth in Moldova, parents must be documented, which can lead to a risk of statelessness for some children whose parents may be unable to meet this requirement.

26 Jul 2019 / Moldova / Prevention and reduction

INDEX UPDATE 2019: NEW INFORMATION FOR THE NETHERLANDS NOW AVAILABLE

26 Mar 2019 / Detention / International and Regional Instruments / Netherlands / Prevention and reduction / Statelessness determination and status / Statelessness population data

INDEX UPDATE 2019: NEW INFORMATION FOR SWITZERLAND NOW AVAILABLE

The Index update links to a new UNHCR mapping study on statelessness in Switzerland, and now contains analysis of Swiss provisions for the withdrawal of nationality, as well as updated population data, but there has been little concrete change in 2018 and important gaps in law, policy and practice remain.

26 Mar 2019 / Detention / International and Regional Instruments / Prevention and reduction / Statelessness determination and status / Statelessness population data / Switzerland

INDEX UPDATE 2019: NEW INFORMATION FOR MACEDONIA NOW AVAILABLE

In 2018, the Government of the Republic of North Macedonia made a welcome public commitment to addressing civil registration challenges that contribute to the risk of statelessness in the country; but the updated Index data shows little concrete change, indicating a need for urgent reform.

26 Mar 2019 / Detention / International and Regional Instruments / Macedonia / Prevention and reduction / Statelessness determination and status / Statelessness population data

Project funded by: