Tanzanian constitutional review proposes radical changes to citizenship law

Tanzania is just starting a major debate on a new constitution for the country, to replace the version adopted in 1977.  Among the many reforms proposed to existing laws, the draft proposed by the Constitutional Review Commission will make radical changes to the framework of citizenship law established by the 1995 Citizenship Act.

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Zimbabweans In South Africa – An amnesty travesty?

So, for those approximately 230 000 Zimbabweans who are sitting with their 2010 ZDP permits, the truth will out and the waiting is at an end.  Cabinet has decided that “the permit holders [most of which permits expire in 2014] will be expected to re-apply for their permits in their country of origin”.

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Citizenship based on marriage challenged

Beware of passing laws that grant citizenship to foreigners basing on marital reasons, a woman Member of Parliament warned in the Constituent Assembly (CA) in Dodoma this week.

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Zims get Moz passports via voter reg scam

Zimbabwean nationals and people of foreign descent are taking advantage of loopholes in the Mozambican voter registration to fraudulently acquire that country’s citizenship. Investigations have revealed.

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Denied Citizenship in Zimbabwe: The Case of LT

LT was born in Zimbabwe to parents with mixed Malawian and Zimbabwean heritage. Around 2003 he attempted to get an ID and was told that since his father was from Malawi, he was not considered a citizen. He was also told that since he did not have a rural home in Zimbabwe, he could not be Zimbabwean. Only foreigners were “from the cities”. Continue reading

The Nubian Predicament: A Story about Colonial Legacy, Discrimination, and Statelessness

The year was 1923, and Sebi Rajab* had worked for the King’s African Rifles—the British colonial army—since the end of the war. It wasn’t exactly what he had hoped to do with his life, but the British policy of forced conscription meant that people like Sebi had no choice.

Life by the Nuba Mountains—in present-day central Sudan—had certainly not been lush, but it had provided a sense of stability and belonging: it was a cultural and historical home difficult to leave behind.

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Identities and the State in Sudan

In several states across the globe, the relationship between the state and its cultural, religious, ethnic, and tribal components is still an issue of fierce constitutional and political debate, both at formal and informal levels. A nation’s inability to properly deal with this sensitive question, through abiding by certain constitutional principles, makes it susceptible to instability and insecurity, and probably dichotomy and fragmentation. Continue reading

Peace and Security Council should protect the right to a nationality in Sudan

(Addis Ababa, 28 January 2011) More than two dozen civil society organisations called today on the AU’s Peace and Security Council to ensure that the rights of all Sudan’s existing citizens to a nationality are fully protected following the probable secession of South Sudan.  The PSC has been following the implementation of the Sudan Comprehensive Peace Agreement, which provided for the referendum on independence of South Sudan. Continue reading

Tolerating Intolerance: Xenophobia in South Africa

In May 2008, a wave of violence overtook South Africa’s main urban centres. The targets were overwhelmingly, although not exclusively, foreigners from other African nations settled in poor neighbourhoods. By the end of the month, 62 people had been killed and tens of thousands displaced. 1 Those who crowded into the government shelters set up to protect them told of being attacked and seeing their houses burned and their property looted. Throughout, it was clear that intolerance of foreigners was at the root of the violence. Continue reading

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