Mr. O., a native of Kyrgyzstan and a stateless person, who had been living in Russia for more than 15 years, has been kept in a temporary detention centre for foreign nationals for 8 months, since September 2019. The court…
STATELESS PEOPLE: PROTECTION OF THE RIGHTS
According to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, there are currently an estimated 12 million stateless people in the world. The number of such people in Russia is estimated to be about 178,000. The collapse of the Soviet Union has led to an increase in the number of stateless persons, especially among those who belonged to national minorities: there were people that the emerging post-Soviet governments considered to be belonging to citizenship of other countries, even if they had lived on certain territories for many years. A large number of stateless persons are those of Roma origin.
The state must protect everyone, including persons without citizenship, against violations of human rights. Detention of stateless persons in detention centers for foreign nationals with the aim of further deportation from the country for violating the rules of stay in Russian Federation can not be considered legitimate as deportation is not feasible in such cases.
Gatchina town court ignored Constitutional Court’s ruling, refused to release stateless persons from detention
The practice of the Russian courts in legal cases regarding the placement of stateless persons into temporary detention centres for foreign nationals remains contradictory. It would seem that the decision of the Constitutional Court in the case of Noe Mskhiladze,…
On December 23, 2019, Vsevolozhsk city court (Leningrad Region), after having examined the application of lawyer Yuri Serov, ruled to release two stateless persons who had been held in a centre for temporary detention of foreign nationals for a long…
ADC Memorial and The Right to Protection participated in the World Conference on Statelessness in the Hage
Speaking at the panel “Shifting borders: statelessness in the context of changes of sovereignity” experts from ADC Memorial and The Right to Protection presented a new Human Rights report “Stateless in Russia and Ukraine: possible ways to overcom the problem”….
Abakan court released stateless person, based on Constitutional Court’s ruling on inadmissibility of indefinite detention
On March 5, 2019 the Abakan city court ruled to release Denis Li, a stateless person, who had been detained for nine months in the regional temporary detention centre for foreign nationals “with the aim of ensuring further expulsion from…
European Network on Statelessness: European Court of Human Rights again finds extended detention of stateless individuals illegal: two successful cases by ADC Memorial
On January 29 2019, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) issued a judgment in case no. 23019/15 Alimuradov v. Russia holding that there had been a violation of Article 3 (prohibition of torture and inhuman or degrading treatment or…
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