Or END STATELESSNESS BY ENDING STATEHOOD!
ENS, European Network on Statelessness has launched a campaign to end childhood statelessness on wemove.eu. UNHCR has also launched a campaign in 2014 to end statelessness in 10 years. The ENS campaign is for Europe, UNHCR is global; ENS is targeted for children, UNHCR for everybody. Especially UNHCR has put up stories, got celebrities to join them, got signatures etc. I read and read, every page on these websites. I read and read... I understand and know all the troubles statelessness causes. And I definitely agree that they need to be solved. I read and read... I see their goodwill and effort. But as much as I try, I cannot bring myself to join their side on these campaigns, I cannot put my name there.
Yes, statelessness is a very big issue, -maybe even one of the biggest of our times, just one that most people are not aware of. Statelessness needs to be solved. But my logic for solution works the other way around. Statehood is the problem that needs to be solved.
I read and read... I cannot understand how these big big people accept the status quo as the “normal” that needs to be kept as is and protected whereas removing the need for papers, removing statehood, removing the requirement to have a nationality in order to go to school, to access health-care, to work etc. is the most logical way out. It's so ridiculous the way things are. We are made to not exist by the political order, by the “system” if we don't have papers. But #WeExist even without papers. How can you deny this reality and expect a basic human existence to depend on recognition by a “state”?
But that's the way it is. What's worse, people see it as “normal”. I see it as the abnormality that needs to be got rid of.
UNHCR with all the money, support, visibility and recognition in the world can get somewhere, can get ten thousands of signatures, what do you think my chances are if I launched a campaign to end statehood?
Is there even a need to answer that question?
I launched... Actually I didn't launch, I just put it up on my website and announced it to friends on social media, that I was going to go to every country in the world and burn my passports, how many people signed in to support me? Three... One is my husband. The other is someone I had met in a forum on the Economist, he was for no borders but even he found my idea funny and laughed about it. He signed only after I said I was dead serious and he realized I was. The third person to sign was someone I came across on Twitter when I was bombarding “Safe-passage is NOT enough” messages. She said she agreed with me. And when I asked if we could do something about it, get more people to become aware, she signed my “petition” and retweeted me. Well... It was bad timing, she, along with most people, was after the Orlando shooting, and that was that.
My “campaign” would not be for “open” borders, it is for “open” statehood. It is for redefining all our political definitions.
To Be Continued...
Or read the whole Ending Statelessness or Ending Statehood?