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‘ Abandoned by the world’ August 14, 2007

Posted by AK in misc.

From Al Jazeera – ‘Abandoned by the world’

Everyone has the right to a nationality, according to the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights. But it is estimated that more than 11 million people in over 70 countries can be classed as “stateless”.

The UN defines a stateless person as someone who is not a national of any state under its laws. That means they have no citizenship, no passport, and are without recourse to representation by a nation or government.

Most are not classed as refugees and cannot claim asylum because they are not fleeing persecution or have never even left their long-term homes.

Stateless people experience many of the same economic and social disadvantages as slaves in the ancient world. They often have minimal, if any, access to basic rights such as education and healthcare.

Al Jazeera looks at the plight of stateless peoples around the world.



1. agarvin - August 14, 2007

cool. let me know where these stateless people are hanging out so i can suggest an area for my anarcho-capitalist friends to move. spontaneous order will prevail, i’m sure.

2. awperson - August 14, 2007

interesting, but i’m inclined to think that citizenship in many countries of the world doesn’t necessarily guarantee basic rights.

3. AK - August 16, 2007

The point isn’t that citizenship guarantees basic rights – it’s that the lack of citizenship guarantees that basic rights will not be met.

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