Slovenia’s Interior Minister Katarina Kresal has pushed through an amendment to a law to end the 18-year saga of the country’s so-called “erased” citizens. Some 200,000 people have been without legal status after the country declared independence in 1991.
The residents had citizenship of other republics of the former Yugoslavia and until now were required to register as “foreigners” – a situation which has caused massive protests as they lost all social, civil and political rights.
The deletion of thousands of people from the country’s permanent residence registry is widely considered to be one of the gravest human rights violations in independent Slovenia.
However, many of those affected were simply unaware of the existence of the law that demanded they confirm their status through a new application.