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The liminality of border zones creates “gray” zones where international protection mechanisms often fail to protect fundamental rights. We see these spaces in the Mediterranean, along the U.S.-Mexico border, along the border between North and South Korea, and now in Eastern Europe. These spaces are securitized, but also intentionally made more dangerous to thwart movement. This vulnerability often goes hand-in-hand with irregular and/or weak nationality status. People who are stateless or who hold nationality from a politically weak state lack the opportunities for movement and rights protection that people with “powerful passports” enjoy. The international system counts on state governments to be the “duty bearers” of human rights, but that builds fundamental weaknesses into border security and the global human rights regime.
Dr. Lindsey Kingston, Associate Professor of International Human Rights at Webster University
Dr. Felician Beccari, Policy Advisor at the European Parliament and Member of Mondo Internazionale’s Scientific and Academic Committee
Kaitlyn Rabe – Head Researcher Mondo Internazionale G.E.O.