Friday, December 09, 2011

Bedoun Civil Rights: Stateless: How Misconceptions Feed Injustice

Re-Post from Mona Kareem's Blog:

How Misconceptions Feed Injustice

Statelessness is perhaps one of the most neglected issues in the world. The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) estimates that statelessness affects more than 12 million people across the world. But because governments do not recognise these citizens-of-nowhere, there are no reliable records of the number of stateless individuals across the globe, and the number may be significantly more. Millions of people are living with no records, documents, education, health, or employment. The UN states: “Possession of nationality is essential for full participation in society and a prerequisite for the enjoyment of the full range of human rights.” 

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