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Children Without a StateA Global Human Rights Challenge$
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Jacqueline Bhabha

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262015271

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262015271.001.0001

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Neither Seen nor Heard: Compound Deprivation among Stateless Children

Neither Seen nor Heard: Compound Deprivation among Stateless Children

(p.43) 2 Neither Seen nor Heard: Compound Deprivation among Stateless Children
Children Without a State

Brad K. Blitz

The MIT Press

This chapter examines the effect of statelessness on children and their status under international human rights law, and discusses the undermining of stateless children’s human rights by the states to the point of shirking the responsibility of protecting their basic rights. International law on non-discrimination and the right of children to nationality as explained through the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD) is presented. Illustrations of state actions affecting stateless children in Europe, Africa, and Asia are discussed. Case studies and interviews illustrating abuses resulting from loss of the right to nationality, including arbitrary expulsion and child exploitation in war, are also given.

Keywords:   human rights law, stateless children, CERD, arbitrary expulsion, child exploitation

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