Liberia: Time for Liberia to Do Away With Archaically Racist ‘Nationality Law’

Published: 11/Jun/2016
Source: Front Page Africa

SADLY, LIBERIA IS AMONGST eight countries in sub-Saharan African nations including Burundi and Togo, with nationality laws or policies that limit women’s ability to pass citizenship to their children. Although they all have “enshrined the principle of gender equality in their constitutions the pre-constitutional laws continue to be enforced, according to the U.N.

IN CONTRAST, COUNTRIES LIKE Jordan, Libya, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates provide legal exceptions to allow children with stateless fathers to obtain citizenship from their mothers.

HOLDING ONTO to a law which from all, indication projects a racist connotation, suggests that Liberia is still residing in the Stone Age when the rest of the world is moving ahead.

NEXT-DOOR neighbours Ivory Coast and Ghana and others in the region allow non blacks to hold citizenships spelling a major economic boom.

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Themes: Acquisition by children, Ethnic/Racial/Religious, Dual Nationality
Regions: Liberia
Year: 2016