Published: 1 Dec 2013 | By Kateryna Helenko

Statelessness: Legal challenges in Ukraine


The current international legal regime provides for the distribution of responsibility between sovereign states for human beings through the notions of citizenship and nationality. Although international human rights law aims to prevent situations where an individual is deprived of the ‘right to have rights’, approximately twelve million persons are not recognised as nationals by any state (stateless persons) and serve as a potent reminder that this crucial goal of the international human rights system remains unaccomplished. Statelessness has devastating consequences on individual lives and remains an acute problem for both developed and developing countries.

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