Over fifty civil society organisations are leading a pan-European call to secure justice and dignity for an estimated 600.000 stateless persons living in Europe today. This figure includes many migrants stuck in limbo and research reveals these “legal ghosts” to be vulnerable to gross human rights abuses every day, from destitution to detention.
Today the European Network on Statelessness has launched an online petition calling on European leaders to protect stateless persons across Europe by ratifying the UN Convention designed to address this and by committing to implement adequate safeguards and regularisation procedures.
The petition coincides with the 60th anniversary of the 1954 UN Statelessness Convention, and is a part of a wider campaign bringing together a broad spectrum of actors. The campaign will culminate in a concerted day of action against statelessness across Europe on 14 October 2014, the birthday of Hannah Arendt, when the petition will be handed to European leaders.
Chris Nash, Coordinator of the European Network on Statelessness said:
“Stateless people in Europe urgently need our help. The fact that there remain an estimated 600,000 stateless persons living in Europe today shows that action on this issue is long overdue. Ratifying conventions is an essential first step but must be followed by the introduction of identification and regularisation procedures which are critical to helping stateless persons re-build their lives.”