Statelessness Essentials

The Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion Statelessness Essentials booklet series includes introductory booklets on statelessness and how statelessness relates to human rights, development and other issues. Other titles in this series are forthcoming and will be made available on this website following their publication.

All about statelessness: What development actors need to know

A core focus of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is to “strive for a world that is just, equitable and inclusive”. It is not just about economic growth, social development and environmental protection, but about achieving this for all. Accordingly, No one must be left behind and the furthest behind must be reached first. This means paying special attention to those groups most in need and addressing systems and structures that engender exclusion, disadvantage and impoverishment. The world’s stateless are one such group. This booklet introduces development actors to statelessness – an often overlooked and invisible phenomenon that can be found in all regions of the globe. It discusses why the lack of a nationality leaves people behind and provides an insight into how stateless people can be included: through greater awareness, inclusive programming and a more sustained effort to address structural discrimination and disadvantage. If you work in the development field, have an interest or stake in the SDGs, or are interested in how statelessness, development and human rights interact, this booklet is for you. Click here to see the PDF.

Statelessness and Human Rights: The Universal Periodic Review

Statelessness is a human rights issue, which requires a concerted, multi-disciplinary and multi-sectoral approach at national, regional and international levels. The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) provides a distinct opportunity to address human rights violations inflicted on stateless persons and to promote the realisation of the right to a nationality for all. It is a form in which all UN Member States are subjected to a review of their performance across all human rights. This booklet discusses why the UPR is an important mechanism for raising the visibility of statelessness as a human rights issue and for helping to achieve positive change for people who lack a nationality. It also provides an insight into the mechanisms of the UPR process, offering key information and helpful tips for effective engagement by civil society actors. If you are working to protect the human rights of marginalised groups, to promote enjoyment of the right to a nationality, to combat statelessness or to improve the lives of stateless communities – or if you are simply interested in how nationality and statelessness issues have featured and can feature within the Universal Periodic Review – this booklet is for you. Click here to see the PDF.