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Nowhere People and the Plight of Stateless Communities

K.J. Wetherholt | Posted 02.16.2016 | World
K.J. Wetherholt

Stateless people want their stories heard. They want their stories told. They want people to know about their struggles and that they don't accept the situation they are in.

Does Focusing on Race in the Dominican Republic Impede Positive Change?

Jonathan DiMaio | Posted 02.12.2016 | Latino Voices
Jonathan DiMaio

There are no easy fixes to the citizenship and human rights challenges on Hispaniola, especially if Haiti's economic situation does not improve and migrants continue heading to the Dominican Republic for work. But there are steps to be taken beyond lamenting the racism in the country.

These Countries Show Why Losing Birthright Citizenship Could Be A Disaster

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 08.27.2015 | Politics

A significant portion of the GOP presidential field wants to end birthright citizenship for the children of undocumented immigrants, either by amendin...

Statelessness: The Obama Administration's Faulty Moral Compass in the Dominican Republic

Brian Ross | Posted 07.06.2016 | Politics
Brian Ross

While Mr. Obama was having his "best week" in office, according to the mainstream media, the biggest blot on his time in office erupted in protest in South Florida over the Dominican Republic's drive to disenfranchise more than 200,000 people of Haitian descent and drive them into statelessness.

Dominican Children Denied The Human Right to Nationality And Access to Education

B. Shaw Drake | Posted 07.06.2016 | World
B. Shaw Drake

Countless young men and women of Haitian descent in the Dominican Republic have been the driving force behind the domestic and international outrage at the denationalization policies of their country.

The Dominican Government Is Cementing the Foundations of Apartheid

Kumera Genet | Posted 01.13.2015 | Black Voices
Kumera Genet

The Dominican state is 10 years into a process of constructing a system of legal apartheid for Dominicans born to Haitian parents. This group of second- and third-generation Dominicans has always faced opposition to being fully recognized as Dominican citizens, but their government appears intent on legally cementing this discrimination -- and is increasingly close to this goal.

The Rohingya Crisis: Finding a Way Forward

Michel Gabaudan | Posted 05.14.2014 | Politics
Michel Gabaudan

Eighteen months have passed since sectarian violence pushed some 140,000 stateless Rohingyas into a series of camps around Sittwe, the capital of Rakhine State in Myanmar. And yet the scars of the violence they suffered remain all too evident.

Human Rights and Tourism: Why I Will Not Visit the Dominican Republic

Kumera Genet | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Kumera Genet

I was playing as a musician in a merengue band at the time and one of the parents joked that I should take a trip if I liked Dominican culture so much. For now, this visit is no longer in my plans because the Dominican Government has decided to treat a group of its people in a manner that I can't ignore.

No Country, No Rights: Gender Discrimination and Statelessness

Sarah Costa | Posted 08.07.2013 | World
Sarah Costa

An estimated 12 million people worldwide are stateless, with no country to call home. This occurs when nationality legislation prevents women from acquiring, changing, retaining or passing on their nationality to their children and/or their spouses on an equal basis with men.

Rohingya Must Be on Obama's Agenda in Burma

Michel Gabaudan | Posted 01.16.2013 | World
Michel Gabaudan

America's own history shows that reconciling diversity with democracy is not easy, and so it will be for Burma and the Rohingya. But by offering the support of the American people, President Obama may just convince Burmese that this is a task worth undertaking.

Opportunities to Support Marginalised Groups in Thailand Must Be Seized

Matt Crook | Posted 09.24.2012 | Impact
Matt Crook

As we near the 2015 target for achieving the Millennium Development Goals, there is a great need to ensure the rights of women and girls are at the forefront of the minds of everyone, from government to civil society.

Squinting at Religious Discrimination

Bruce Fein | Posted 02.01.2012 | World
Bruce Fein

Is the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom squinting at a transparent Turkish Muslim injustice perpetrated by a Christian Greek government?

Recognizing Statelessness

Eric Schwartz | Posted 11.08.2011 | World
Eric Schwartz

From the Roma in Europe, to Dominicans of Haitian descent, to Bidoon in Kuwait and other countries, stateless communities suffer from marginalization and neglect.

Burmese Refugees Sold As Slaves In Malaysia (VIDEO)

WorldFocus | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

In Malaysia, some immigration officials have been accused of involvement in selling refugees from Myanmar, also known as Burma, to gangs in Thailand. ...

Stateless People Number Up To 15 Million People Worldwide (AUDIO) | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Imagine you have no birth certificate, no passport and no legal rights. You're trapped in the country where you were born, but no document indicates t...