17 March 2014

Thematic Focus: Statelessness, esp. in the UK


Today, the House of Lords in the UK began discussing an amendment to the Immigration Bill which would allow for the deprivation of citizenship.  But, as this article from the Bureau of Investigative Journalism notes, "two separate legal opinions warn that Britain may breach its international obligations if it makes people stateless."  The legal opinions are from Guy Goodwin-Gill and the Open Society Justice Initiative, respectively.  (See also this related fact sheet.)  Concerns were also expressed by the Joint Committee on Human Rights.  A transcript of the debate will be made available later in the day. [Note after the fact: For live tweets of the debate, see this Storify presentation from the BIJ.]

For background on the Immigration Bill more generally, read the latest House of Lords Library Note.


Background Note on Gender Equality, Nationality Laws and Statelessness (UNHCR, March 2014) [text]

Don't Be Fooled by the Dominican Republic's Judicial Laundering of Racism (Open Society Foundations, March 2014) [text]

Preventing and Reducing Statelessness: Good Practices in Promoting and Adopting Gender Equality in Nationality Laws (UNHCR, March 2014) [text]

"Stateless in Nepal," IPS, 10 March 2014 [text]

Related post: 
- Thematic Focus: Statelessness (6 March 2014)

[Image credit: House of Lords web site]

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