No more false ID: Declaration of Identity
Wednesday, January 06, 2016 at 13:53
For the first time in 2-1/2 years I am carrying ID that doesn't provide directly, or implicitly false information. Unfortunately, I cannot say it is thanks to Paraguay for fulfilling their obligations under Paraguayan and international law. They still haven't.
All of the ID's I had up to this time either presented my place of birth, which implicitly directs people to consider me North American. My Paraguayan ID additionally, specifically declares my nationality to be Norteamericano.
Since making application with the Human Rights division of the Paraguayan Ministry of External Relations (Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores del Paraguay), I've received only excuses. No help to update the details on my Paraguayan ID, nor to receive a travel document. Nor have they denied me anything.
As the Counsel General of a large South American Country said, of course they can't, "otherwise the Human Rights department would send you a letter in effect stating that they were violating your Human Rights". They would never do that. Thus, their only possible response is to make excuses, until they figure out how to uphold their obligations under Paraguayan Law No. 5164 and the UN 1954 UN Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons (1954).
I believe over reliance, or faith in IDs causes more problems than it solves, except to the degree it is necessary on a practical basis to interact with the world at large. And, to the point I find using ID acceptable, I find it completely unacceptable to use an ID that provides false information.
My path to renouncing my US Citizenship was not one in which leaves me feeling good telling everyone that I show my ID to that I am "North American" (ie: a US Citizen)! A solution came to me late last year.
A common phrase used here is "documento de orgin". That would basically mean a passport, or other ID issued by the country you are from. Of course, since I am not (legally) from any country, no country could issue me such a document. I am from myself now, and so, I made my own document of origin.
I called it a "Declaration of Identity", as it is a declaration signed under penalties of perjury. I received my new ID card this afternoon, so it is too early to report on how well it will be received.
However, whatever the reception by others, it will be a breath of fresh air not to carry around a document with false information.
(last edit: Thursday, January 07, 2016 at 09:52)
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