Quarkside

08/12/2010

Identity needed. Yes2ID say stateless.

Filed under: People,Policy,Privacy — lenand @ 7:46 am
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So you think we in the UK have problems.  From Voice of the Children, an estimated 12 million people in the world are not citizens of any state and are deprived of their rights. In many countries evidence of citizenship is provided by an Id Card. No Id Card means that residents are stateless, stops children from attending school and condemns families to poverty.

For example, the aboriginal population of Malaysia, the Orang Asli, have no documentation and hence no ID Card.  ID cards are essential to open the doors to services, such as driving licences, health, education and voting.  In many countries it is incomprehensible that the UK can operate without any state provided identity.  With an Id Number it really does simplify information sharing and improve the accuracy of statistics.

Politically, it will be hard enough to get individual voter registration accepted, and at least a decade before a central register of citizens is raised again.  No2ID supporters have won their cause – could they divert some of their surplus energy into helping those who are deprived of their rights because they don’t carry an identity credential?

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