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Australia passes new detention laws for stateless convicts

Australia's Federal Parliament in Canberra, on 8th May, 2012

Sydney, AustraliaReuters Australia has passed new laws allowing former immigration detainees to be locked up again if they pose any risk of committing serious offences after they were released in a landmark ruling by the country’s top court. Under the new laws passed by the Parliament late on Wednesday, a court can order the detention […]

Kuwait’s stateless bedoun in limbo as hundreds lose bank accounts

Kuwait stateless1

KuwaitReuters Frontline worker Ahmad al-Enezi, a member of Kuwait’s stateless community, has spent the last 14 months lost in a bureaucratic maze after his bank account was suspended, freezing access to his salary and savings in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Enezi’s predicament has its origins in a push by the Gulf country to […]

Uzbekistan ends plight of thousands of stateless people with landmark law

London, UKThomson Reuters Foundation Uzbekistan is to allow tens of thousands of stateless people to become citizens under a new law hailed by the United Nations, which urged other countries to follow suit in ending the plight of some of the world’s most invisible people. “This is a huge development and we hope it will […]

Millions of “invisible” stateless could be denied help if they get coronavirus

Rohingya refugee camp Bangladesh

London, UKThomson Reuters Foundation Millions of people worldwide will be unable to get healthcare if they fall ill with coronavirus because they have no nationality, potentially exacerbating the spread of the disease, human rights campaigners said on Tuesday. They urged every country to ensure all stateless people on their territory can receive free medical assistance […]

Home sweet home? Not for 200,000 plus stateless in US

New York City, USThomson Reuters Foundation More than 200,000 people in the United States may be stateless, isolated and unable to travel, bank, see a doctor or get a job, according to groundbreaking research released on Thursday. There are an estimated 10 to 15 million people globally who are not recognised as citizens of any […]

Quickfacts – Where are the world’s stateless people?

Rohingya in Myanmar

LondonThomson Reuters Foundation An estimated 10 to 15 million people are not recognised as nationals by any country, often depriving them of basic rights most of the world takes for granted such as education, healthcare, housing and jobs. The UN refugee agency hosted a major intergovernmental meeting in Geneva on Monday to assess progress at […]