In late August of this year, US Customs and Border Patrol agents found a two-year-old boy in the Arizona desert next to the bodies of his mother and 10-year-old sister. While the boy survived, he was in need of medical attention and taken to a hospital. …


The Boston University International Human Rights Clinic is currently in the fourth year of a project mapping the issues of statelessness throughout the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) by engaging in country-by-country in-depth studies. As discussed in a recent blogpost, in 2020–2021 we focused on Egypt. Unlike Lebanon, Jordan


In its work on statelessness in the MENA region, the IHRC has observed a growing problem: individuals who have not lived outside their home country and are entitled to the nationality of their country who lack formal citizenship and live as undocumented nationals. The IHRC, in its past work in…


In 1994, the United States adopted a border patrol enforcement strategy termed “Prevention Through Deterrence.” As discussed in a previous post, the goal behind the strategy was to reduce the number of irregular migrants crossing into the United States by forcing them over “more hostile terrain, less suited for crossing…


IHRC is currently in its third year of a long-term project focused on statelessness in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The project aims to identify existing norms that can be used to fill protection gaps for stateless populations in countries in the MENA while connecting stakeholders to create…


Enforced Disappearances and the State

When Gabriel García Marquez, in One Hundred Years of Solitude, retells the story of the massacre of striking banana plantation workers at the hands of the Colombian military, he invokes the long history of enforced disappearances in Latin America. The massacre in the novel, which…


Advocacy for Tibetan Language rights. https://tibetsociety.com/take-action-tell-your-representatives-to-stand-up-for-tibet-at-the-un

Chinese violations of Tibetan peoples’ human rights have continued to be globally criticized since their initial occupation of Tibet in 1950. More recently, China’s abuses of Tibetan rights have been a focal point of international criticism’ in the UN Universal Periodic Review process. The Universal Periodic Review, or UPR for…


As my colleague Lori Eller explained in her recent post, the International Human Rights Clinic (IHRC) is advocating for the creation of a network of civil society actors in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region to mobilize around the issue of statelessness. This year’s statelessness project team recently…

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