Gaps in European nationality laws leave thousands of children stateless

Strasbourg – A new report published today by the European Network on Statelessness reveals that thousands of children are growing up without the basic protection a nationality offers to citizens because of gaps in nationality laws and laws governing procedures for birth registration. The report No Child Should be Stateless, which draws on extensive analysis of nationality laws in all 47 Council of Europe states, details a worrying array of problems and makes a series of recommendations designed to guide actions to address – and ultimately end – childhood statelessness in Europe.

The European Network on Statelessness, which represents over fifty civil society organisations from across Europe, is spearheading a new campaign: ‘None of Europe’s Children should be Stateless’ to raise awareness and promote positive solutions on the issue.

Commenting on the launch of the report Chris Nash, Director of the European Network on Statelessness said: “No child chooses to be stateless. Every child belongs to a community. Yet statelessness continues to exist because European states are failing to ensure that all children born within Europe’s borders or to European citizen parents acquire a nationality. For a child, the inability to secure any nationality can have enormous consequences and amounts to a severe violation of their human rights.”

Endorsing the report as an important contribution to solving the issue Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, said “Statelessness increases the vulnerability of children to serious human rights violations, such as trafficking, labour and sexual exploitation, as well as illegal adoption. Stateless children often face multiple, mutually reinforcing forms of marginalization. But statelessness is a solvable issue and as this report shows if governments, regional actors, UN human rights bodies, UN agencies and civil society work together, strategies for action can be developed to tackle and solve this issue once and for all. ”

The full report can be found here.

Date posted: Monday September 21st, 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on ENS and JRS Romania campaign: “No child should be stateless”

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