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Title: Stateless People (UNHCR page)
Description/subject: " Searching for Citizenship Nationality is a legal bond between a state and an individual, and statelessness refers to the condition of an individual who is not considered as a national by any state. Although stateless people may sometimes also be refugees, the two categories are distinct and both groups are of concern to UNHCR. Statelessness occurs for a variety of reasons including discrimination against minority groups in nationality legislation, failure to include all residents in the body of citizens when a state becomes independent (state succession) and conflicts of laws between states....." What is Statelessness?_ An explanation of the two kinds of statelessness: de jure and de facto..... Who is Stateless and Where?_ There are an estimated 12 million stateless people in dozens of countries around the world..... UNHCR Actions_ UNHCR works in four key ways: identification, protection, prevention and reduction..... Working with Partners_ We work with governments, civil society and aid organizations to address statelessness. This page contains Documents and Publications on Statelessness including Statelessness in the News, Documents on Statelessness laws, commentaries, historical documents, UNHCR's role in relation to statelessness and a useful link to Statelessness Documents on Refworld site.
Language: English
Source/publisher: UNHCR
Format/size: html, pdf
Alternate URLs: http://www.unhcr.org/cgi-bin/texis/vtx/search?page=&comid=4cb578b36&cid=49aea9390&scid=...
http://www.unhcr.org/cgi-bin/texis/vtx/search?page=&comid=4a310af06&cid=49aea93a7d&keyw...
http://www.unhcr.org/refworld/statelessness.html
Date of entry/update: 24 December 2010


Title: Suggested reading on statelessness - UNHCR and other UN and international documents
Description/subject: Search results for Statelessness. A rich seam of reports, Excom conclusions, guidelines, commentaries, descriptions and case studies etc. on statelessness.
Language: English
Source/publisher: UNHCR
Format/size: html, pdf
Date of entry/update: 24 December 2010


Title: UN Conventions on Statelessness
Description/subject: Texts of the instruments dealing with statelessness: The 1954 Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons; States parties, declarations and reservations to the 1954 Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons; Objectives and key provisions of the 1954 Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons; The 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness; States parties, declarations and reservations to the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness; Objectives and key provisions of the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness
Language: English
Source/publisher: UNHCR
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 24 December 2010


Individual Documents

Title: "Protecting the Rights of Stateless Persons"
Date of publication: September 2010
Description/subject: " A Personal Appeal from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees: Today, millions of people around the world face serious difficulties owing to statelessness. The Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons provides a framework for States to assist stateless people – allowing them to live in security and dignity until their situation can be resolved. Presently, very few States are parties to this instrument. We need to change that. I call on States to accede to the Convention and pledge the full support of my Office to governments to help implement its provisions....."
Language: English
Source/publisher: UNHCR
Format/size: pdf (1.42 MB)
Alternate URLs: http://www.unhcr.org/4ca5941c9.pdf
Date of entry/update: 24 December 2010


Title: Evaluation of UNHCR's role and activities in relation to statelessness
Date of publication: July 2001
Description/subject: " UNHCR’s Evaluation and Policy Analysis Unit (EPAU) is committed to the systematic examination and assessment of UNHCR policies, programmes, projects and practices. EPAU also promotes rigorous research on issues related to the work of UNHCR and encourages an active exchange of ideas and information between humanitarian practitioners, policymakers and the research community. All of these activities are undertaken with the purpose of strengthening UNHCR’s operational effectiveness, thereby enhancing the organization’s capacity to fulfil its mandate on behalf of refugees and other displaced people. The work of the unit is guided by the principles of transparency, independence, consultation and relevance....."
Author/creator: Magnus Engstrom and Naoko Obi
Language: English
Source/publisher: UNHCR Evaluation and policy analysis unit (EPAU/2001/09)
Format/size: pdf (255.26 K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.unhcr.org/3b961ab14.pdf
Date of entry/update: 24 December 2010


Title: 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness (English, Burmese/ ျမန္မာဘာသာ)
Date of publication: 30 August 1961
Description/subject: "The Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness was adopted on 30 August 1961 and entered into force on 13 December 1975. It complements the 1954 Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons and was the result of over a decade of international negotiations on how to avoid the incidence of statelessness. Together, these two treaties form the foundation of the international legal framework to address statelessness, a phenomenon which continues to adversely a#ect the lives of millions of people around the world. "e 1961 Convention is the leading international instrument that sets rules for the conferral and non-withdrawal of citizenship to prevent cases of statelessness from arising. By setting out rules to limit the occurrence of statelessness, the Convention gives effect to article 15 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which recognizes that “everyone has the right to a nationality....”
Language: English, Burmese/ ျမန္မာဘာသာ
Source/publisher: United Nations
Format/size: pdf (208K)
Date of entry/update: 11 February 2014


Title: CONVENTION RELATING TO THE STATUS OF STATELESS PERSONS
Date of publication: 28 September 1954
Description/subject: Adopted on 28 September 1954 by a Conference of Plenipotentiaries convened by Economic and Social Council resolution 526 A (XVII) of 26 April 1954 Entry into force: 6 June 1960, in accordance with article 39
Language: English
Source/publisher: United Nations
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 24 December 2010