Sierra Leone Citizenship Act 1973

Published: 24/May/1973

The law provides that:

2. Citizenship by birth
Every person who, having been born in Sierra Leone before the nineteenth day of April, 1971, or who was resident in Sierra Leone on the eighteenth day of April, 1971, and not the subject of any other State shall, on the nineteenth day of April, 1971, be deemed tobe a citizen of Sierra Leone by birth:
Provided that-
(a) his father or his grandfather was born in Sierra Leone; and
(b) he is a person of negro African descent;

Amended by the 2006 Citizenship Law Amendment Act to remove gender discrimination for those born in the country, but not the requirement for “negro African descent”. Citizenship is only transmitted through the father for those corn outside the country.

Download from UNHCR Refworld website.

Themes: Acquisition of nationality, Loss and Deprivation of Nationality
Regions: West Africa, Sierra Leone
Year: 1973