The ISI Database on Statelessness and Human Rights is a new user-friendly tool that offers easy access to recommendations on statelessness and the right to a nationality, issued within the UN human rights system. This blog explains how it can help to strengthen knowledge of and engagement with human rights standards.
A recent decision by the Cherokee Nation’s Supreme Court struck down a law that freedmen – descendants of people enslaved by Cherokees in the 18th and 19th centuries – cannot hold elective tribal office. The ruling is the latest development of a long struggle between the Cherokee Nation and the federal government over which has the power to determine who should be considered a tribal citizen, and which culture’s values should be most important in that determination.
It has been widely observed that the population of the UK has turned to jigsaws as a pastime during lockdown. What is perhaps less well known is the extent to which the body of rules governing the right to vote in the UK resembles a jigsaw puzzle. Recent developments have seen this puzzle grow in size and complexity.
Around 40 per cent of the identified stateless population of the world live in the Asia Pacific region, with Southeast Asia harbouring the largest stateless populations. This blog maps some of the predominant causes of statelessness in the region, and gives an overview of states’ responses to this intractable problem.
Constitutional amendment will lead Mexico to apply both unrestricted ius soli and unrestricted ius sanguinis in citizenship attribution. However, details on the implications of this reform and the procedural matters involved are not clear as of yet.
In February 2021, the Supreme Court decided that Shamima Begum should not be allowed back into the UK to conduct her appeal against the deprivation of her citizenship. This decision is a victory for discretionary use of expansive state powers under minimal judicial scrutiny.
The Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR) recently published a report based on a study on access to Danish citizenship for children and young persons who are born and/or raised in Denmark. The report recommends Danish law to be amended with a view to provide for facilitated access to Danish citizenship for 1.5, second and third generation of immigrant descent.
Early in the morning of 28 January, heavily armed police escorted four children of rejected asylum seekers (three minor girls and a boy) to the airport from where they were deported to Georgia and Armenia. The incident caused widespread protests because the children had been living and attending school in Austria for many years and were considered well integrated. The social democratic governor of Carinthia, Peter Kaiser, and others called for a debate on ius soli, the attribution of citizenship by birth in the territory.
In 2016, Moldova joined a growing group of countries offering citizenship by investment (CBI) schemes. However, in 2020, the parliament repealed the amendments to Moldova’s citizenship law that permitted CBI, the same year that Cyprus also repealed its CBI scheme. Why was Moldova’s foray into CBI so short-lived?