Citizenship Rules in Sudan and Post-Secession Problems

Published: 14/Sep/2011
Source: Journal of African Law

Nasredeen Abdulbari Journal of African Law, 55, 2 (2011), pp.157–180


Affiliation with a political community or entity has throughout history been important for the purposes of protection and belonging. This article discusses the concept of citizenship in Sudan in light of the Sudanese and Southern Sudanese interim constitutions and relevant laws, taking into consideration the international norms in this regard. It also sheds light on the application of the law and possible scenarios when the South becomes an independent nation. It argues that a set of legal rules that organize nationality issues in Sudan and Southern Sudan are inconsistent with general nationality principles and that, if their provisions remain valid until the fragmentation of Sudan becomes a reality, many post-secession violations will be difficult to avoid. It suggests a series of measures that the main parties to the National Unity Government should take to avert such violations and secure peaceful and neighbourly relations in the years to come.

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Themes: Discrimination, Ethnic/Racial/Religious, Gender, Loss and Deprivation of Nationality, State Succession, New States
Regions: East Africa, Sudan
Year: 2011