Talk Show: Statelessness


Language: Engels

WHEN & WHERE?

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 20:30
Cafe, Filmhuis Den Haag

Stateless people belong nowhere. According to the law, they do not exist. They have no nationality, and therefore no passport or identity papers. Without these documents, the things that most people take for granted, like renting an apartment, getting married, studying, taking out health insurance and working legally, are impossible. Being stateless has huge consequences. Without citizenship, people have no legal rights or protections, sometimes with inconceivable and devastating effects. In the Netherlands, an estimated 10,000 people are stateless.

In the Netherlands there is no special procedure to establish your statelessness. What are the consequences of this? What problems do stateless people face? And what are the solutions? In collaboration with UNHCR & Humanity House we organize a special talkshow on Tuesday the 27th of March at 20:30 about these questions. Bahram Sadeghi talks to Andrea Vonkeman, director United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in The Netherlands, member of parliament Attje Kuiken (PvdA) and photographer Anoek Steketee. She created the exhibition State of Being that can be seen at the Spui square during the Movies that Matter Festival.

State of Being
Anoek Steketee photographed the myriad faces of statelessness – young and old, born in the Netherlands or elsewhere, vulnerable people who have become trapped by Dutch bureaucracy. The photographs are part of the series Document Nederland, commissioned by The Rijksmuseum.