Egypt: Draft Amendment to Citizenship Law

Published: 4/Oct/2017
Source: Library of Congress (Washington DC)

By George Sadek

(Oct. 4, 2017) On September 21, 2017, the Council of Ministers of Egypt (the Cabinet) approved an amendment to Law No. 26 of 1975 on Citizenship. The Council has referred the new amendment to the Council of Representatives (Egypt’s unicameral parliament) for a vote. (Egypt Amends Law to Strip Citizenship from Those Convicted in Crimes ‘Harming Public Order’, Egypt Independent (Sept. 21, 2016); Law No. 26 of 1975, 22 AL-JARIDDAH AL RASMYAH (May 29, 1975), available at REFWORLD.)

The new amendment allows the Prime Minister to strip the Egyptian citizenship of individuals who are seeking to undermine the public order of the state or who have been convicted of crimes related to endangering state security. (Egypt Amends Law to Strip Citizenship from Those Convicted in Crimes ‘Harming Public Order’, supra.)  The new amendment will be added to article 15 of Law No. 26 of 1975 and will read as follows:  Nationality can be withdrawn, if [a person] joins any group, association, body, organization, gang, or any entity of any nature with the aim of harming the public order of the state or undermining the social and economic order by force or by any unlawful means.  (Ahamed Imam (Undersecretary of Legal Affairs at the Ministry of Interior), The New Amendment to the Law of Citizenship Is a Challenge to the Muslim Brotherhood Organization, AL-AHRAM NEWSPAPER (Sept. 24, 2017) (in Arabic).)

Read further: http://www.loc.gov/law/foreign-news/article/egypt-draft-amendment-to-citizenship-law/

Themes: Perte et déchéance de la nationalité
Regions: Egypte
Year: 2017