Constitution and laws of Liberia are clear with regards to the citizenship issue

Published: 4/Août/2005
Source: The Perspective (Atlanta, Georgia)

By George K Fahnbulleh, MCP

The last paragraph of Mr. Hodge’s rejoinder to the C. Alake Williams does a disservice to his readers.

He writes: » The Liberian constitution does not clearly address the issue of dual-citizenship. We can at least conclude that the issue remains ambiguous and ambivalent. » This is incorrect. It would be of great service to his readers to go through exactly what the Constitution of Liberia says with regards to citizenship. The document speaks in clear language and where it does not specifically say something it directly confers the power to do so to the Legislature.

Article 28 of the Liberian Constitution States: Any person, at least one of whose parents was a citizen of Liberia at the time of the person’s birth, shall be a citizen of Liberia; provided that any such person shall upon reaching maturity renounce any other citizenship acquired by virtue of one parent being a citizen of another country. No citizen of the Republic shall be deprived of citizenship or nationality except as provided by law; and no person shall be denied the right to change citizenship or nationality.

The Renunciation clause in Article 28 gives clear guidance that citizens of Liberia beyond the age of majority must only hold Liberian citizenship.

The next sentence « No citizen of the Republic shall be deprived of citizenship or nationality except as provided by law » confers on the Legislature the responsibility to enact laws regarding loss of citizenship.

Read further: http://www.theperspective.org/articles/0804200502.html

Themes: Double Nationalité, Perte et déchéance de la nationalité
Regions: Libéria, Afrique de l'Ouest
Year: 2005