Abusing citizenship in Zambia – Again

Published: 17/Oct/2011
Source: Open Society Foundations

By Sebastian Kohn Over the last couple of decades, in many places around the world, the manipulation of citizenship laws for political purposes has been a popular way of excluding opponents and silencing critics. Even though international law provides strong protections against arbitrary deprivation of nationality, many governments have resorted to the practice, sometimes with disastrous consequences. Governments in countries like Tanzania, Botswana and Swaziland have on various occasions deprived political opponents and high profile media figures of nationality in attempts to get rid of their critical voices. And in Ivory Coast, the annulment of incumbent president Alassane Outtara’s nationality certificate in 1999 contributed to years of civil war. Last week the AFP reported that Robert Chiseke from the Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD), the main Zambian opposition party, has been arrested for allegedly “faking his nationality.”

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Themes: Double Nationalité, Nationalité des politiciens, Nationalité et élections, Perte et déchéance de la nationalité
Regions: Zambie, Afrique australe
Year: 2011