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Stateless woman tells how she couldn’t visit dying dad

Chair at statelessness conference

The Hague, The NetherlandsThomson Reuters Foundation When Ekaterina’s father was dying she could not visit him in Uzbekistan because she did not have a passport – so she tried to get herself deported. But as a stateless person living in the United States, she could not even do that. An empty chair is seen at […]

Where are the world’s stateless people?

Rohingya in Myanmar

The Hague, The NetherlandsThomson 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. An international conference opening in The Hague on Wednesday will assess progress on a […]

Thousands of children born in Colombia to Venezuelan migrants left stateless

Venezuela camp

Bogata, ColombiaThomson Reuters Foundation Thousands of children born in Colombia to Venezuelan mothers are stuck in legal limbo with no identity documents, putting them at risk of statelessness, the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, warned on Thursday. Nearly 1.3 million Venezuelans have settled in neighbouring Colombia, fleeing a political and economic crisis in their homeland […]

Bulgaria urged to stop locking up stateless people by detained heart doctor

Sager Al Anezi

LondonThomson Reuters Foundation A cardiac specialist, who was locked up in Bulgaria for six weeks because he has no nationality, has called on the government to stop treating stateless people like criminals. Sager Al-Anezi, who is from a large stateless population in Kuwait called the Bidoon, qualified as a doctor after moving to Bulgaria in […]

Fears grip Indian state as millions made stateless

Thomson Reuters Foundation More than four million people left off a draft list of citizens in northeast India on Monday have effectively been made stateless, campaigners said, likening them to the Rohingya minority driven out of Myanmar. Fear gripped the border state of Assam as India’s census chief released the list of citizens in the […]

Thai cave rescue draws attention to country’s “stateless” children

Thomson Reuters Foundation The rescue of 12 boys and their soccer coach from a flooded Thai cave, which gripped the country and the world, has also drawn attention to the plight of “stateless” children in the country. At least three of the boys, as well as their coach, are refugees. Like tens of thousands of others […]

Give us an identity to stop Myanmar exodus, urges award-winning Rohingya lawyer

Thomson Reuters Foundation Stateless Rohingya must be recognised as citizens of Myanmar and given identity documents so they can safely stay in the country instead of fleeing abroad like hundreds of thousands of members of their community, an award-winning lawyer said on Sunday. Kyaw Hla Aung, a Rohingya lawyer from Myanmar who was named the […]