Constitution of the Republic of Rwanda 2003

Published: 4/Jun/2003

Constitution of the Republic Of Rwanda (O.G. No.Special of 4 June 2003, P.119) and its Amendments of 2nd December 2003 (O.G. No. Special of 2nd December 2003, 2003, P. 11) and 8 December 2005 [further revised in 2015]

Article 7 provides that:

Every person has a right to nationality.

Dual nationality is permitted.

No person may be deprived of Rwandan nationality of origin.

No person shall be arbitrarily deprived of his or her nationality or of the right to change nationality.

Rwandans or their descendants who were deprived of their nationality between 1st November 1959 and 31 December 1994 by reason of acquisition of foreign nationalities automatically reacquire Rwandan nationality if they return to settle in Rwanda.

All persons originating from Rwanda and their descendants shall, upon their request, be entitled to Rwandan nationality.

The conditions of acquisition, retention, enjoyment and deprivation of Rwandan nationality are determined by an organic law.

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Themes: Acquisition of nationality, Loss and Deprivation of Nationality
Regions: Rwanda
Year: 2003