Court name: European Court of Human Rights
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Legal instruments: 1954 Statelessness Convention, European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR)
Key aspects: Access to social and economic rights, Residence permit, Respect for private and family life, Statelessness determination
A stateless person faced protracted difficulties in regularising his legal situation, and was recognised as stateless only after residing in Hungary for 15 years. During 13 of those years, the applicant had no legal status in Hungary and was entitled to neither healthcare nor employment, nor was he able to marry. The Court held that Hungary had not complied with its positive obligation to provide an effective and accessible procedure enabling the applicant to have his status in Hungary determined with due regard to his private-life interests under Article 8 ECHR.