Protecting the human rights of stateless persons

The ICJ and the The Equal Rights Trust (ERT) is inviting government representatives, civil society and human rights experts to a dialogue on Statelessness, Discrimination and Human Rights.

Statelessness is one of the most profound and serious human rights challenges in the world today. Stateless persons are those who have no effective nationality. Faced with immense barriers to legally travel, reside, work, study or receive health care; and living on the dividing line between legality and illegality, millions of stateless persons are highly vulnerable to arbitrary detention, deportation, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment and other human rights violations.

The dialogue will take place during the 15th Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

The discussion will be informed by the findings of ERT’s recent report Unravelling Anomaly: Detention, Discrimination and the Protection Needs of Stateless Persons<> which finds that inequality and discrimination lie at the heart of the statelessness problem, as does the eternal tug-of-war between universal human rights and national sovereignty.

Protecting rights stateless-event-2010 (full text in English, PDF)