• Without Citizenship: Statelessness, discrimination and repression in Kuwait 05/13/2011
    A new report by the Open Society Justice Initiative and Refugees International looks at the bidoon in Kuwait—a large population of stateless persons in the small emirate—as well as other citizenship-related issues.
  • Nationality Rights for All: A Progress Report and Global Survey on Statelessness 03/11/2009
    The world community is no longer silent about statelessness. In recent years, countries such as Bangladesh, Estonia, Mauritania, Nepal, and Sri Lanka have made significant strides to protect the rights of stateless persons.
  • Futures Denied: Statelessness Among Infants, Children, and Youth 10/22/2008
    Statelessness, or the lack of effective nationality, impacts the daily lives of some 11-12 million people around the world. Perhaps those who suffer most are stateless infants, children and youth. Though born and raised in their parents’ country of habitual residence, they lack formal recognition of their existence.
  • About Being Without: Stories of Stateless in Kuwait 10/11/2007
    Refugees International visited Kuwait to look into the plight of 90,000-130,000 bidun, Arabic for “without” and short for bidun jinsiya (without citizenship). Over the years, the bidun have been called by various names. Early on they were benignly called “awlaad al-badiya,” (children of the desert). At present, they are officially — and more ominously — designated as illegal residents.
  • Citizens of Nowhere: The Stateless Biharis of Bangladesh 02/15/2006
    A six-hour bus ride from Bangladesh’s capital city, Dhaka, put us in Rangpur just before 5:30 p.m., with the last rays of daylight all but gone. The population of this northwestern city includes 30,000 Urdu-speaking Bihari. Our first stop was an area called Camp Three where we conversed with the leader of the stranded Pakistanis, Mr. Alhaj Nasim Khan.
  • Buried Alive: Stateless Kurds in Syria 02/13/2006
    Syria is at a critical crossroads, faced with a timely opportunity to maintain stability and security in the country by realizing the nationality and its concomitant rights of all residents. In particular, an estimated 300,000 stateless Kurds live within the country’s borders, but are in a unique situation in relation to the larger Kurdish population due to a 1962 census that led to their denationalization.
  • Lives on Hold: The Human Cost of Statelessness 02/14/2005
    Every person has the right to a nationality.  Yet statelessness continues to be a fundamental cause of discrimination, exploitation, and forced displacement in all regions of the world.  Statelessness is a highly complex legal and often political issue with a disproportionate impact on women, children, and ethnically mixed families.