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

Published: 11/Jun/2016
Source: Front Page Africa (Monrovia)

editorial

Executive, Legislative and Judiciary Branches of Government Must Explore Best Option to Change Trend

AT THE HEIGHT of the civil war, countries around the world opened their doors to Liberians fleeing mayhem, chaos, destruction and war.

MEN, WOMEN and CHILDREN ran helter, skelter for shelter in hopes of finding refuge wherever they could find it. In the process, many took advantage of indiscriminate laws and immigration policies that made them citizens.

THEIR STATUS in those countries became a blessing for the many they left behind. Liberians armed with new citizenships and residence status was able to assist their friends, families and loved ones recovering from war.

NOW THAT THE war is over, and Liberia is picking up the pieces, many remain puzzled that the country whose citizens benefited from goodwill and favourable nationality laws in other countries ranks among a few countries across the globe only conferring nationality solely on the basis of race.

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Themes: Discrimination, Ethnic/Racial/Religious, Gender
Regions: Liberia
Year: 2016