Stateless UAE Nationals, the UAE Government & the United Nations sign now

At a time when the United Arab Emirates is asking for international acceptance, its incredible that basic human rights are denied to even the most patriotic citizens. More than 15,000 people in the UAE have been made stateless by the UAE government. This is an issue that has been present for decades. And one that multiple promises for solutions have been made, and yet none of those promises have fallen into effect.

According to the United Nations Site, a stateless citizen is someone who is without nationality. In the UAE stateless citizens are denied rights such as documentation, medical, education, banking abilities, traveling and even marriage. Without valid identification it is impossible to do literally anything, officially.

A person becomes stateless here for reasons that apply internationally, like parents failing to register their children; or more-or-less locally, like the fathers racial background, regardless of the mothers nationality. If a mans mother is a UAE national and his father is of any other race, he is ripped of his UAE citizenship by the UAE government.

Legally, there is a 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights that states, Everyone has the right to a nationality and should not be arbitrarily deprived of nationality. People were once recognized as UAE nationals, carried a passports and a valid driving licenses; but recently, the governments of certain Emirates decided to withdraw these rights for all children born to non-local fathers. Upon expiry of such documents, they all officially became stateless.

The UAE shames countries like Israel for breaking UN resolutions and committing war crimes against Palestine and Lebanon. The UAE publicly states their mission to the United Nations on this government site, The UAE is in such dire need for nationals in the population ratio that theyre considering nationalizing a slate of people from vastly different cultures, so long as theyve resided in the UAE for an extended period of time. The UAE claims they want to preserve their culture. The UAE boasts equal rights between men and women. The UAE is fighting to correct all human rights violations for international recognition; the child camel jockeys have been rightfully sent home, the well-known laborer disputes are being highlighted and regulations are being put in place to rectify them. The UAE has given stateless citizens, the same promise theyve been repeating for years, This year this problem will be solved.

How hard can it be to grant a person his human rights? How hard can it be to give a national mother the same rights as a national father and thus grant her children UAE nationality? How much culture does a non-national father take from their children even when the mother is national, and the family has resided their entire lives in the Emirates? How hard can it be to reinstate the thousands of unmarried men, women and children their nationality again? I can only assume its as hard as it was to take it away.

People have been attempting to get these rights back for a long time now. Many of these fathers handed over their original nationality years ago in accordance with the UAE law which does not allow dual nationality, in order to receive UAE citizenship, which they were once granted. They are now stateless as well. Many have climbed to some of the highest rulers here, and some have been given written authority from the rulers office that they should be granted nationality. These papers have been forwarded to the concerned government department where theyve been left stagnant for so long theyve most likely been forgotten.

There are many options for stateless people. One of the biggest obstacles is pure patriotism, and blind faith in a government who has already taken everything away. UAE nationals who still have culture have tight ties with the ruling families and either do not wish to, or do not know they can apply for citizenship with other countries, like Canada and the US. And should they realize this, theyll also know that this will give the UAE government one more excuse, why NOT to grant them their nationalities back. Imagine needing a residence visa to spend the rest of your life in your home country! These people still have faith in the repetitive promises. They're still patriotic! But soon enough that faith will run out and the UAE will lose more of its culture and gain more international disrespect.

One of the major reasons why other human rights violations in the UAE have been corrected or are in the process of being corrected is thanks to mass international media attention. For the sake of all the stateless people we rarely hear about and less often think about, Im asking you to take a step and do anything you can to give attention to this issue. Start by signing this petition.

We, the undersigned ask the Government of the United Arab Emirates to reinstate their own blood citizens their nationalities, their rights, their lives back, immediately.

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  • 18 December 2015200. Jassim A
    Nationality by Birth Indian Nationality by Parents Indian Nationality by Official Documentation / Stateless Indian With the UAE becoming increasingly integrated into the global society it is imperative that they address such issues of their own citize
  • 17 December 2015199. Mt Dixon
    Nationality by Birth Indian Nationality by Parents Indian With all due respect to evry1 here, including you mr.khalid and all other UAE nationals also.. no one in here is trying to bite feeding hands, and if only those who are original nationals stays h
  • 09 December 2015198. Laydubai Lynch
    Nationality by Birth UAE Its sad to see my fellow brothers and sisters in such a state.
  • 05 December 2015197. Nawaz Niaza
    Nationality by Birth pakistani Nationality by Parents pakistani Nationality by Official Documentation / Stateless pakistani completed my alla life in uae since birth (30 years)
  • 20 November 2015196. Cian F
    I support this petition
  • 24 October 2015195. Trish F
    I support this petition
  • 15 October 2015194. Kevin T
    Nationality by Birth BRITISH Nationality by Parents BRITISH Nationality by Official Documentation / Stateless BRITISH A true cause needs a voice
  • 08 October 2015193. Effat Z
    I support this petition
  • 28 September 2015192. Praz Shaffer
    I support this petition
  • 22 September 2015191. Najla H
    Nationality by Birth UAE Nationality by Parents UAE Nationality by Official Documentation / Stateless UAE I really hope this issue gets solved as quickly as possible, then we'll have some hope in solving other issues that are human rights.
  • 10 September 2015190. Salman F
    Nationality by Birth pakistan Nationality by Parents pakistan Nationality by Official Documentation / Stateless pakistan i am living in u.a.e since birth & i am 20 yrs old & do not have any option for u.a.e nationality
  • 29 August 2015189. Safar Oneal
    I support this petition
  • 23 August 2015188. Sarah Reeves
    I support this petition
  • 16 August 2015187. Thabit Alm
    Nationality by Birth Dubai, United Arab Emirates Nationality by Parents Zanzibar Nationality by Official Documentation / Stateless Stateless Hope you guys help us solve this problem as quickly as possible!
  • 04 August 2015186. Nadiya Clay
    Nationality by Birth omani Nationality by Parents omani Nationality by Official Documentation / Stateless omani to help my brothers and sisters to gain their human rights
  • 03 August 2015185. Malikah Patton
    Nationality by Birth Polish Nationality by Parents Polish Nationality by Official Documentation / Stateless Polish Muslim convert-wife of statless-mother of 6 kids!
  • 01 August 2015184. Natashaah Sayedalin
    Nationality by Birth British Nationality by Parents British It is a basic human right to have the right of self determination and not to be made state less Further more the parties in question can only contribute to make their homeland better and give to
  • 26 July 2015183. Sara F
    I support this petition
  • 22 July 2015182. Omar I
    Nationality by Birth Born in UK Nationality by Parents Mother UK, Father Emirati Nationality by Official Documentation / Stateless Emirati I'm wondering if we're al Iraqi like Adam(PBUH), or is the current laws arbitrary and pointless? There is no logica
  • 21 July 2015181. Imran Lowe
    Nationality by Birth Indian Nationality by Parents Indian I have lived here for most of my life, I would love to call this place my home, but I'm not a citizen. I hope that the UAE realizes that being a citizen is an important aspect to belonging to a co
  • 20 July 2015180. Amna Alh
    I support this petition
  • 17 July 2015179. Samreen J
    Nationality by Birth British Its Is A Injustice That Needs To be rectified
  • 12 July 2015178. Boukhdir Hammond
    I support this petition
  • 05 July 2015177. Ar Carroll
    Nationality by Birth US Nationality by Parents US Nationality by Official Documentation / Stateless US To the govt of the UAE: You are one of the most inhumane countries of the world in terms of labor standards and human rights. Despite importing labour
  • 28 June 2015176. Prometheus Richmond
    Nationality by Birth Indian Nationality by Parents Indian Nationality by Official Documentation / Stateless Indian В
  • 23 June 2015175. Saeed Fisher
    Nationality by Birth pakistan Hi am born here in sharjah uae and my grandparents migrated to uae in 1964 before uae get united and till now we are living here and got no rights. People who came in 80s and 90s have got n nationality because they have wast
  • 23 June 2015174. Samar Winters
    Nationality by Birth Australian Nationality by Parents Arabs Equal opportunity, education, health services and the ability to have a place in society is a right and not a privilege. UAE, please grant the stateless their rights as soon as possible. We mus

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