The World Passport is the embodiment of the wisdom of the ages in physical form. Great thinkers from Socrates and Thomas Paine, to Mahatma Gandhi, Albert Einstein and Martin Luther King have all called themselves Citizens of the World -- joining the chorus of wise sages who have declared that we are all one.
The World Passport is a potent symbol of that oneness -- that you can hold, feel and use.
Honorary passport holders include luminaries such as Joan Baez, Levar Burton, Isaac Asimov, Martin Sheen, Ai Weiwei, Deepak Chopra, eight Nobel Prize laureates, and Prime Minister Nehru who said “this is the passport Gandhi would have carried.”
Since World Citizen #1 Garry Davis founded the World Service Authority® in 1954, the WSA has issued almost 5 million World Passports, Birth Certificates, ID Cards, World Citizen Certificates, Marriage Certificates, Political Asylum Cards, and other human right documents -- all mandated by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR)
UDHR Article 6: “Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law.”
UDHR Article 13.2: “Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return
to his country.”
Over the years, border guards and immigration officers from more than 95% of all nations have placed entry, exit and visa stamps in the World Passport.
Nevertheless, the World Passport is not an assured travel document. Acceptance is arbitrary; one border guard may accept it, and another from the same country may deny it -- just as they deny entry to many holders of national passports.
Garry Davis frequently cautioned people that the World Passport is not an easy travel document, but rather a tool for claiming your human rights.
As WSA's President and Chief Attorney David Gallup states in our film:
"When you carry the world passport… It is possible that your rights could be violated. You could be harassed; you could be detained. Even your passport could be confiscated. That is why the World Service Authority has a Legal Advocacy Department that will review your report of those violations and demand redress on your behalf."
If you also carry a national passport we strongly recommend that you present that first before inviting them to also stamp your world identity papers.
However, for the multitude of undocumented refugees and stateless people -- who have no other way of establishing their identity -- the World Passport is vital. Many have used it as an identity document to rent housing, open bank accounts, or enter courthouses to have their asylum cases heard. Despite frequent rejections at borders, thousands of stateless people have succeeded in using it to gain their freedom, their dignity and even to save their lives.
By obtaining a World Passport, you step into a new identity, transcending the nations that divide us. You gain a new sense of empowerment – an awareness that all people have a right to govern their land or country.*
If the world is our country, then we can build the systems and institutions required to advance human and environmental rights on a global scale -- leading eventually to an environmentally-sustainable, just and peaceful world.
To apply for your own world documents and identify yourself as a citizen of the world, please click the button below.
*”It is the right of the people... to institute new government,” according to the US Declaration of Independence -- a principle echoed by the UDHR and in the constitutions of practically every nation, which affirm that “the will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government."
For an article on the passport as a human rights tool click here.
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