The WCC 10th Assembly in 2013 called the ecumenical family to join and walk together in a Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace, bringing those left on the margins to the centre. As part of this process, and as mandated by the WCC Assembly Statement on the on the Human Rights of Stateless People, the WCC has strengthened its efforts to raise awareness about the rights of the most vulnerable groups in society, including stateless people.
Stateless people, estimated at 10 million worldwide, are individuals who are not recognized as citizens by any country in the world, and consequently are denied basic human rights. These are rights that others often take for granted: the right to health care, to education, to own property, to travel, to get a birth or death certificate. Stateless people are vulnerable to discrimination, exploitation, and violence.
The WCC has encouraged its constituency to contribute to ending statelessness in their own contexts. The Den Dolder Recommendations invite churches, for instance, to “creatively use their opportunities for registering important life events – such as birth, baptism, confirmation, marriage, and death – in ways that help people to secure documents that help reduce statelessness.”