Friday, December 16, 2011

50th Anniversary of UN Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness


After the UNHCR/PHRG meeting on statelessness on December 14, with two Kuwaiti Bidoon colleagues at the Peers' Entrance. The meeting was to mark the 50th Anniversary of the UN Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness and the publication of a joint study by the UNHCR and Asylum Aid of statelessness and the UK. The Representative of the UNHCR to the UK, Rudolf Schilling, attended and spoke, and among the other speakers was Vaderius Tang, a stateless Malaysian BOC stranded here in Britain with no support and no right to work. Also Mirna Adjami, Senior Legal Consultant, Statelessness Unit, UNHCR Geneva; Bronwen Manby, an old friend who used to be Deputy Director of the Africa Division of Human Rights Watch, and Greg Constantine, the award-winning photographer who has worked extensively with UNHCR, MSF and the World Food Programme.
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