Becoming stateless

JC Helary helary at
Fri Mar 24 22:32:13 PST 2000

On Fri, 24 Mar 2000 JKSCHW at wrote:

> In a message dated 00-03-24 23:03:12 EST, you write:
> << I'm no specialist in international law, but this can't be a good idea.
> Don't legal rights derive from citizenship? >>
> Whether it is a good idea or not, not all legal rights derive from
> citizenship. It depends on the particular law of the country of course. In

Plus Stateless people are like refugees, they are protected by international conventions and if what I read is applied it means they enjoy more rights than 'normal' foreigners.

But law was not my concern in the first place. I was considering the fact that the State forces you in or out of the system (depending on citizenship law) pretty much, but with more implications in most cases, like religions used to.

Being freed from religion (or from the impossibility to choose a religion) seems to me a first step that's logically (???) followed by being freed from the state and the impossibility to choose between being a citizen/not being a citizen.

After all, capital and goods cross borders freely, only 'citizens' are alienated in such a powerful way.

Is there anybody who wrote about statelessness ?

JC Helary

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