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Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Stateless Roma: no documents – no rights

''Tens of thousands of Roma live in Europe without a nationality. Lacking birth certificates, identity cards, passports and other documents, they are often denied basic rights such as education, healthcare, social assistance and the right to vote,'' said the Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg,

''The right to a nationality is a basic human right, enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It amounts to a ''right to have rights'' and must be enforced – for everyone - with much more energy and determination than has been the case so far,'' he concluded.

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