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Guidelines to Protect Stateless Persons from Arbitrary Detention: Introduction

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1. FN11) The Equal Rights Trust, Unravelling Anomaly: Detention, Discrimination and the Protection Needs of Stateless Persons, 2010, available online at
2. FN22) Australia, Bangladesh, Burma, Egypt, Kenya, Malaysia, Thailand, the UK and the USA.
3. FN33) See above, note 1, p. 27.
4. FN44) The Equal Rights Trust, Draft Guidelines on the Detention of Stateless Persons, 2011, available online at:
5. FN55) Convention Relating to the Status of Stateless Persons, ECOSOC RES/526 A(XVII) (1954), Article 1(1). For authoritative guidance on how to interpret Article 1(1), see UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Guidelines on Statelessness No. 1: The definition of “Stateless Person” in Article 1(1) of the 1954 Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons, 20 February 2012, HCR/GS/12/01, available online at
6. FN66) UN High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR’s Revised Guidelines on Applicable Criteria and Standards relating to the Detention of Asylum-Seekers, 26 February 1999, available online at, adapted from Guideline 1.
7. FN77) The Equal Rights Trust, Declaration of Principles on Equality, 2008, Principle 5, available online at
8. FN88) UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Guidelines on Statelessness No. 2: Procedures for Determining whether an Individual is a Stateless Person, 5 April 2012, HCR/GS/12/02, available online at
9. FN99) See above, note 2, adapted from Guideline 4.
10. FN1010) Ibid., adapted from Guidelines 2 and 3.

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