× 1 Statelessness and human rights
2 The right to a nationality
3 The rights of stateless persons
4 Human rights frameworks and mechanisms
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2 The right to a nationality

All people have the right to a nationality. Statelessness is the worst possible result of the denial of this right. Article 15 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that “everyone has the right to a nationality” and that “no one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his nationality nor denied the right to change his nationality”.

Other articulations of the right to nationality can be found in the following international human rights treaties (as well as many regional human rights instruments):