Collective Victimisation of Stateless Peoples: The Added Value of the Victim Label

Tilburg Law Review 19 (2014) 285-293

9 Pages Posted: 27 Mar 2014

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Zelda Velde

Tilburg Law School

Rianne Letschert

Tilburg University - International Victimology Institute Tilburg (INTERVICT)

Date Written: March 26, 2014

Abstract

The lives of stateless peoples tend to be marked by social discrimination and state hostility. Framed as ‘undesirable aliens’, stateless communities that live within the territorial boundaries of hostile state-regimes are often approached with suspicion and internal security concerns rather than with sympathy for the forms of victimisation that define their existence. The present contribution reflects on the implications of a discourse of statelessness that fails to recognise the stateless as victims. We argue that negative labels attached to stateless peoples are partially facilitated by legal documents that fail to recognise victimhood that is often inherent to statelessness. Moreover, we submit that providing ‘the victim label’ to stateless communities, through academic debate and advocacy, might enhance their status in international law as well as at the domestic level.

Keywords: statelessness, victimology, abuse of power, human rights

Suggested Citation

Velde, Zelda and Letschert, Rianne, Collective Victimisation of Stateless Peoples: The Added Value of the Victim Label (March 26, 2014). Tilburg Law Review 19 (2014) 285-293. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2416201

Zelda Velde

Tilburg Law School ( email )

Tilburg, 5000 LE
Netherlands

Rianne Letschert (Contact Author)

Tilburg University - International Victimology Institute Tilburg (INTERVICT) ( email )

Tilburg, 5000 LE
Netherlands

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