21 August 2004

Pawn to king 1

There's a story in the Jackson Daily News about Bobby Fischer (the prodigal native son chess champ). In the article, the author calls for the U.S. to just let Fischer renounce his citizenship. Instead, the U.S. seems to be going forward with steps to have Fischer transferred to U.S. custody. My question in all of this is what would happen if Fischer did renounce his citizenship. He would then be a stateless person. So if Japan then wished to deport him, where would they deport him to? Is there any international treaty that clearly delineates the rights and status of stateless persons?

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