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Launch of the Year of Action against Citizenship Stripping

last modified Apr 08, 2020 09:58 AM

In this era of rising authoritarianism, growth of the security state, Rohingya genocide, and increasing populism, xenophobia and racism, citizenship is under threat in ways not seen for generations. As more states instrumentalise nationality and treat it as a privilege that can be taken away, members of minority communities, human rights defenders, dissidents and suspected terrorists are all more likely to be stripped of their nationality – facing acute human rights depravations as a result. The growing (mis)use of citizenship stripping powers targeting some, undermines the sanctity of citizenship for all.

Concerned by this trend, the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion, in collaboration with Open Society Justice Initiative, have launched the Year of Action against Citizenship Stripping. Over the course of the Year of Action they will be conducting a series of webinars, seminars and other events.