Published: 2013/26/04 09:51
On 23 April 2013 IPC participated at the joint workshop of the European Network on Statelessness (ENS) and the Western Balkan Legal Aid Network (WeBLAN) organized by Praxis in Belgrade.
The event was organized with the support of UNHCR Representation in Serbia and the EU funded project “Best Practices for Roma Integration” (BPRI) implemented by ODIHR in the Western Balkans. The aim of the workshop was to highlight issues of statelessness in the Western Balkan countries, the main problems, challenges, legal gaps, as well as on-going activities and progress made so far, exchange examples of good practices and good systemic solutions. ENS Steering Committee members gave presentations on different issues concerning prevention and reduction of statelessness, determination of statelessness, litigating statelessness before the international courts and international advocacy on statelessness. WeBLAN members filled in a research template which they presented during the workshop and in which they analysed main problems, challenges and legal gaps related to prevention and reduction of statelessness in their respective countries. The purpose was to identify protection mechanisms for preventing statelessness in national legislations and to determine which basic rights are available for stateless persons.