Public Space With A Roof

Universal Embassy

Universal Embassy highlights the urgent situation of ‘personnes sans papiers’ (people without papers), and tries to help them overcome their social isolation. In 2001 the former Somalian Embassy in Brussels was squatted by ‘personnes sans papiers’ after Somalia lost state-status as a result of severe civil war in that country. Universal Embassy brings together individuals who suffer the discrimination of not belonging to a nation. Universal Embassy appoints its own diplomats and produces its own Universal passports. Mohamed Benzaouia is the first person to obtain a Belgian passport through the Universal Embassy, and he will tell his and the Embassy’s story. Universal Embasy was represented by Mohamed Benzaouia and Kobe Matthys.