UNHCR Ireland host Statelessness Exhibition 5-18 July

02 July 2012

Exhibition: “Nowhere People. The World's Stateless" by award-winning photographer, Greg Constantine begins Thursday 5th July at 51 St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2.

Dates: Thur 5th - Thur 18th July 2012
Opening hours: Monday – Friday: 9am-6:30pm.
Venue: The Atrium, Department of Justice and Equality, 51 St. Stephen's Green, Dublin 2.

Join the Facebook event here.

“I am like a bird with nowhere to rest on the ground but which can’t spend his whole life in the sky.” Yasser, stateless.

Nationality might seem like a universal birthright, but an estimated 12 million people are living without it. These stateless people have no legal identity, are citizens of no country and are some of the most vulnerable and invisible people in the world.

Without nationality, stateless people are often unable to enjoy a wide range of rights and are prevented from fully participating in society. Many stateless people are unable to register the birth of a child, go to school, work legally, travel freely, own property or obtain vital identity documents or passports. Moreover, statelessness frequently leaves a person without a sense of identity and with little or no voice.

Ireland is a party to the two main statelessness Conventions and the Government of Ireland is working closely with UNHCR on the issue of statelessness.

Over the past five years, photographer Greg Constantine has been working to bring to light the stories of stateless people around the world and give a human face to this global issue. Nowhere People reveals the impact of statelessness on people and communities who find themselves excluded from society by forces beyond their control. The project serves as a reminder of the existence of the millions of stateless people who are hidden and forgotten around the world.

But statelessness can be prevented and resolved, often through simple, low-cost action. UNHCR works to address statelessness by assisting governments to ensure that laws and procedures prevent statelessness from occurring and allow stateless people to acquire a nationality. Under its statelessness mandate, UNHCR is advising stateless people on their rights and how to access procedures. With partners, it undertakes citizenship campaigns to help stateless people to acquire nationality and documentation.

Nowhere People serves as a reminder of why it is so urgent to resolve this global problem.

To read more about statelessness click here.

To see a video of Greg Constantine discussing his work click here.

About the Photographer: Greg Constantine

Greg Constantine is an award-winning photojournalist from the United States. In 2005, he moved to Asia and began work on his project, “Nowhere People,” which documents the plight of stateless people around the world. His work has received a number of awards including from Pictures of the Year International, NPPA Best of Photojournalism, the Amnesty International Human Rights Press Awards (Hong Kong), the Society of Publishers in Asia, and the Harry Chapin Media Award for Photojournalism. Greg was a co-winner of the Osborn Elliot Prize for Journalism in Asia, presented annually by the Asia Society. Work from his project “Nowhere People” has been widely published and has been exhibited in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Japan, Switzerland, Ukraine, Hong Kong and Kenya. He is currently based in southeast Asia.

To read more about Greg Constantine and his work visit his website.

 

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