Court name: Administrative Court of Appeal of Bordeaux
Date of decision:
Legal instruments: 1954 Statelessness Convention
Key aspects: Determination/confirmation of nationality, Discrimination, Establishing identity, Establishing identity, Standard of proof, Stateless status and documentation, Statelessness determination
The applicant asked to be granted the status as a stateless person in France, however both the OFPRA (French bureau for the protection of refugees and stateless persons) and the Courts denied him this status on the grounds that he did not take sufficient steps to request nationality from the Armenian authorities. He also argued that people from Azerbaijan face discrimination and are often refused Russian nationality, even when they may be able to benefit from it. The Court concluded that no discrimination exists and the applicant failed to take steps to obtain Russian nationality.