The Injustice of Statelessness

Patti Tamara Lenard, from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa, recently published an analysis of Deepan’s case for the Centre for International Policy Studies. Lenard comments on the unjust situation Deepan finds himself in. From the article:

In demanding that Budlakoti applies for Indian citizenship and, if denied, re-apply for Canadian citizenship, Canada perpetuates statelessness in contravention of international law. It is heaping additional punishment on a young man who made mistakes, denying him the opportunity to press on with his life after having paid the penalty for them.  And it is failing to live up to the democratic principles central to Canada’s success, including a commitment to the rule of law, equal treatment, and political inclusion. Canada can and should re-instate Budlakoti’s citizenship.

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