Nationality deprivation in the era of Rohingya genocide and ISIS fighters

19 March 2020
  • Starts at: 17:00h
  • Fee: Free
  • Venue: Webinar
  • 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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Due to the Corona virus outbreak, this event has been changed into a webinar that will take place on the same day instead. For more information please follow this link

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?

The webinar will scrutinise state practice to deprive nationality as a national security measure and unpack questions related to the motivations, legality and effectiveness of such measures. The webinar marks the launch of an international Year of Action Against Citizenship Stripping, by launching the Principles on Deprivation of Nationality as a National Security Measure.

The webinar will be introduced and moderated by Laura van Waas, Co-Director of ISI. Confirmed Speakers:

  •           Tineke Strik, Member of the European Parliament, former member of the Dutch Senate and in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.
  •           Christophe Paulussen, Senior Researcher T.M.C. Asser Instituut and Research Fellow International Centre for Counter-Terrorism.

Additional speakers to be announced.


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