WORLD PASSPORT – Now what is that? This is the first question came into my mind when I came to know about this document. The document which states that it will allow you to travel entire Globe, which provide you one citizenship i.e the Citizen of world. This all on first look seems to be strange and something which is unbelievable. But to me and probably for all of us, it will be big surprise to know that this document really exist. Here is the detail and background of this strange document :
(Image Source : World Service Authority)
The organization, behind World Passport is World Service Authority, a non-profit organization founded in 1954 by Garry Davis a former Broadway actor, World War II fighter pilot and renowned international peace activist. The organization was initially set up to be the administrative agency of the “World Government of World Citizens” which Garry declared on 4 September 1953.
Besides issuing World Passports, the WSA registers applicants as “world citizens” and issues “world citizen” identity documents, such as birth certificates, identity cards, and marriage certificates.
Moto Behind the Organization:
The moto of the organization is to promote the idea of belongingness to the world instead of being part of only one country. The organization works on the principal that “Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.”
What it means to be a World Citizen:
As per the WSA organization, World Citizen means :
"A World Citizen is a human being who lives intellectually, morally and physically in the present. A World Citizen accepts the dynamic fact that the planetary human community is interdependent and whole, that humankind is essentially one. A World Citizen is a peaceful and peacemaking individual, both in daily life and contacts with others. As a global person, a World Citizen relates directly to humankind and to all fellow humans spontaneously, generously and openly. Mutual trust is basic to his/her lifestyle. Politically, a World Citizen accepts a sanctioning institution of representative government, expressing the general and individual sovereign will in order to establish and maintain a system of just and equitable world law with appropriate legislative, judiciary and enforcement bodies. A World Citizen makes this world a better place to live in harmoniously by studying and respecting the viewpoints of fellow citizens from anywhere in the world."
Relevance of the World Passport:
According to the World Service Authority website, some World Passports have reportedly been accepted on a case-by-case basis by over 180 countries. The website of WSA also has scans of letters from six countries (Burkina Faso, Ecuador, Mauritania, Tanzania, Togo and Zambia) according legal recognition to the World Passports.
However many countries do not recognize World Passport as a valid document citing that since it is not being issued by a competent government authority, it does not meet the definition of a passport. Thus travelling with this passport was never easy. Even the founder of WAS, Garry has been imprisoned 20 times because of his attempt to cross the international borders with World Passport. Recently, in 2016 the actor/rapper Yasiin Bey (previously known as Mos Def) was arrested in South Africa for trying to leave the country with a World Passport.
Should I get one?
As stated above, majority of countries do not recognize this document and also some acceptance as stated in the WSA website is on case to case basis. It means, using this document to cross the international border at present will only land you in trouble.
However, let’s wait for the future to see if this dream of one man becomes true or if it vanish. What’s your view on that?
Here is the video from the WSA for the World Passport !!Published in