Blog Posts

Kenya: Citizenship is a Right, Not a Political Tool

Published: 9/Oct/2023
Source: The Elephant (Nairobi)

If it appears that citizenship by birth can be granted to groups on the basis of discretion and not as a legal right, that can undermine the perceived authority of the constitution and the rule of law more generally. By […]

Is litigation in African states establishing a right to dual citizenship?

Published: 30/Jun/2023
Source: GLOBALCIT, European University Institute

Bronwen Manby (European University Institute) On 13 June 2023, the South African Supreme Court of Appeal found to be unconstitutional the requirement established by the Citizenship Act for adults who voluntarily acquire another citizenship to gain permission to hold dual citizenship from the minister of […]

Ensuing Statelessness as (Post) Colonial Effect: Dynamics of Formal Identification Denial among the Fulani in Ghana

Published: 20/Jun/2023
Source: Critical Statelessness Studies blog (University of Melbourne Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness)

In this blog, Isaac Owusu Nsiah critically discusses the dynamics of the Ghanaian state’s recognition of the Fulani community as migrants and thus non-Ghanaians. He considers how such categorizations are institutionalised in citizen-identifying institutions, translating into widespread exclusions and discriminatory […]

Unrecognised Documents and the Right to Nationality: The Case of Western Sahara

Published: 28/Mar/2023
Source: Armed Groups and International Law (blog)

By: Andrea Marilyn Pragashini Immanuel Since 1976, after the end of Spanish colonial domination, Western Sahara has been considered a non-self-governing territory. The legal status of the territory remains disputed with Morocco occupying a part of the territory and the Polisario Front, a […]

The rights of children of Libyan women married to foreigners

Published: 2/Mar/2023
Source: Defender Center for Human Rights (France)

National Unity Government Decree No. 209 of 2022 and its impact on the legal status of children of Libyan women married to foreigners By Khadija Elboaishi Resolution No. 209 of 2022 was recently issued by the Presidency of the Government of […]

From Kenya to Kyrgyzstan: how data can help eliminate statelessness

Published: 2/Mar/2023
Source: UNHCR

By Maja Lazić While there is a clear, legal definition of statelessness, the real number of stateless people in the world is not as clear, and the reality of their lives even less visible. Without citizenship of any country, stateless people […]

DRC: Congo Siasa – Discrimination and the M23 rebellion

Published: 24/Jan/2023
Source: Congo Research Group

By Jason Stearns Since the M23 rebellion re-emerged in November 2021, there has been a lot of noise––to call it a discussion would be to exaggerate its nuance and sophistication ––about discrimination against Congolese Tutsi and its role in the […]

Creating Belonging or Ruling by Exclusion? Politics, Citizenship and African Governance

Published: 23/Jan/2023
Source: Democracy in Africa

By Jesper Bjarnesen, Cristiano Lanzano, Henning Melber, and Patience Mususa Citizenship is and has always been a complicated and multi-faceted concept. Across African contexts, as a recent IDAP webinar reiterated, this complexity is both conceptual and reflective of the many and changing […]

Right to participate and citizenship: Liberians yearn for an inclusive vote in 2023

Published: 6/Jan/2023
Source: AfricLaw (Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa and the Centre for Human Rights, Pretoria)

Author: Urias Teh Pour Executive Director, Independent National Commission on Human Rights (INCHR), Liberia For the first time in the political history of Liberia, Liberians in the diaspora are making a strong case for their inclusion in the 2023 general […]

Identification and Civil Registration: A lifeline for displaced people in Mozambique

Published: 4/Jan/2023
Source: World Bank

BY FAHER ELFAYEZ, LIZARDO NARVAEZ, TIAGO CARNEIRO PEIXOTO The conflict in the north of Mozambique has created a humanitarian crisis with many thousands of individuals internally displaced, forced to uproot their lives and start over. World Bank efforts to build resilience in Mozambique […]

How To Obtain Egyptian Citizenship?

Published: 16/Oct/2022
Source: Sadany & Khalifa Law Firm (Cairo)

Do you want to be Egyptian? In this article, we will discuss all requirements to obtain Egyptian Citizenship The requirements to obtain Egyptian citizenship: Egyptian Law 140 of 2019 sets out the controls for granting Egyptian citizenship to a foreigner. […]

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