Nationality deprivation in the era of Rohingya genocide and ISIS fighters

19 March 2020
  • Starts at: 17:30h
  • Fee: Free
  • Venue: T.M.C. Asser Instituut
  • Organiser: T.M.C. Asser Instituut, Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion, and Open Society Justice Initiative
  • Address: R.J. Schimmelpennincklaan 20-22
    2517 JN The Hague
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Post WWII, citizenship stripping was no longer seen as democratic, and the prohibition of arbitrary deprivation of nationality became anchored in international human rights law. Today, while most states resist increasing these powers, the policy is regaining traction and denationalisation is a tool in active use across a range of contexts. How do we understand the right to a nationality in the era of Rohingya genocide, mass denationalisation in Assam, the silencing of human rights defenders through withdrawal of citizenship and deprivation of nationality of ISIS fighters? What exactly are States’ international obligations, what impact is the measure actually having and what can we do to protect against the further erosion of the institution of citizenship – a cornerstone of inclusive societies? In this event, hosted by the T.M.C. Asser Instituut, we will unpack these questions with speakers from the fields of policy, practice, research and activism. The event marks the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion (ISI)’s and Open Society Justice Initiative (OSJI)’s launch of an international Year of Action Against Citizenship Stripping, and celebrates the publication of a new set of important resources on this issue:

  • Principles on Deprivation of Nationality as a National Security Measure and accompanying Commentary;
  • ISI’s latest World’s Stateless Report, with a thematic focus on arbitrary deprivation of nationality which includes a series of reflections on this measure from 12 different disciplines; and
  • Shapeless Shapes, a collaborative arts and advocacy project that challenges prevailing narratives and highlights activism around the instrumentalisation of citizenship.


17:30-17:35: Welcome (Christophe Paulussen, Senior Researcher T.M.C. Asser Instituut and Research Fellow International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague)
17:35-18:10: Panel 1 (moderated by Willem van Genugten, Emeritus Professor International Law):

  •          Jawad Fairooz, former Bahraini Member of Parliament and Chair of Salam for Democracy and Human Rights Organization (SALAM DHR)
  •          Laura Bingham, Senior Managing Legal Officer, Equality and Inclusion, OSJI
  •          Hanna Kim, Soros Equality Fellow, non-resident fellow at the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research, and alumna at the Harvard Graduate School of Design

18:10-18:30: Q&A Panel 1
18:30-19:05: Panel 2 (moderated by Willem van Genugten):

  •          Bart den Hartigh, National Prosecutor Counter Terrorism, intelligence and secret services & covert operations
  •          Tineke Strik, Member of the European Parliament, former member of the Dutch Senate and in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe
  •          Laura van Waas, Co-Director of ISI

19:05-19:25: Q&A Panel 2
19:25-19:30: Closure Willem van Genugten and Christophe Paulussen


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