Statelessness and Exclusion Podcast #3- Xenophobia & Racism
The Racism & Xenophobia episode featuring Tendayi Achiume and Jaivet Ealom, explores the relationship between institutional racism, xenophobia and statelessness. Many states, whether through their politics or laws, discriminate against minorities, denying them equal access to citizenship. This discrimination against the stateless is rooted in the idea of “outsider”. Colonialism created a system of hierarchy where certain groups think of themselves as superior and more deserving of life. As a result, statelessness is manufactured, and the stateless are denied access to fundamental rights.
Tendayi Achiume is a Professor of Law at UCLA Law School and former UN Special Rapporteur on Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance.
Jaivet Ealom is a Toronto-based author, former refugee, refugee advocate, and the only person known to have escaped from Manus Island Detention Centre in Papua New Guinea. Ealom was born in Mynamar where he faced persecution, as a Rohingya ethnic minority.
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