1954 CONVENTION RELATING TO THE STATUS OF STATELESS PERSONS
1961 CONVENTION ON THE REDUCTION OF STATELESSNESS
ACCESS TO CIV I L STATUS REGISTRATION AND DOCUMENTATION
Ensuring birth registration and citizenship is important for every individual’s future. Birth registration is a key point to ensure that every individual is counted and has access to essential services such as health, education and social protection. The birth registration is the first step in securing their recognition before the law, safeguarding their rights, and ensuring that any violation of these rights does not go unseen.
We believe that everyone has the right to a nationality and that the human rights of people who lack a nationality must be protected. We are dedicated to work with persons at risk of statelessness/stateless in Kosovo and to advocate for their rights. We aim to reach our goals through provision of free legal aid, law and policy development, awareness-raising, and capacity-building.
Our strategy relies on understanding of the need to raise awareness about difficult position of persons at risk of statelessness/stateless, support legal and policy development and build all relevant actors’ capacity to act. We are dedicated to working with persons at risk of statelessness/stateless to strengthen their voices and together advocate for full respect of their human rights.
Having the support of UNHCR, CRP/K has had the opportunity for more than a decade to have its team of trained and experienced lawyers dealing with issues related to prevention and reduction of statelessness. Through legal aid provided, registration and equipment with civil status documents for many members of communities, especially Roma, Ashkalia and Egyptians, CRP/K enabled them to enjoy their rights, thus making them effective members of the society.
Our legal staff is continuously promoting legal solutions for all persons who are without any citizenship. Apart from identification process, through provision of legal assistance and advocacy, we ensure that the rights of stateless persons are properly addressed either in administrative or judicial procedure.