Stripping Egyptians of citizenship: a new punishment?

Based on available information, Hisham Mohammad Ahmed al-Tayeb is the first Egyptian to be stripped of his citizenship. According to a cabinet decree issued on Oct. 15, the decision was taken because of “his permanent residence outside the country and his links to a foreign body that works on destabilizing national security.”

Law 26 of 1975 gives the state the right to strip Egyptians of their citizenship “whether recently naturalized or of Egyptian parentage … at any time” if they are involved in “actions that threaten the country’s security.”

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South Sudan VP questions loyalty of dual citizens

Vice President James Wani Igga says that South Sudan may not allow dual citizenship, on the basis that South Sudanese with two nationalities may not be fully committed to serve their country of origin.

Addressing staff at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in Juba, Igga reportedly said, “Soon we are going to restrict this issue of double nationalities because his/her commitment is half.”

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Refugee Status, Arbitrary Deprivation of Nationality, and Statelessness within the Context of Article 1A(2) of the 1951 Convention and its 1967 Protocol relating to the Status of Refugees

The question of whether arbitrary deprivation of nationality constitutes persecution for the purposes of a determination of refugee status has received increased attention in recent jurisprudence,however, no systematic argument has been made to date on the ordinary meaning of words, context, object and purpose of Article 1A(2) of the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees Refugee,as it applies to stateless refugees.This is an important question because in addition to the imperatives of refugee protection, the absence of determination procedures and a protection regime specifically for stateless persons, in many jurisdictions, makes refugee and/or complementary protection the only options. Legal status as a refugee (or indeed as a stateless person) is not a substitute for nationality in the sense of a legal status of citizenship, however it goes some way in guaranteeing a range of basic rights. Divergent State practice on whether to grant refugee status to a person, who claims to have been persecuted on the basis of having been denied the right to nationality, also requires analysis.

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Tanzania Grants Citizenship to 162,000 Burundian Refugees in Historic Decision

The UN refugee agency has welcomed Tanzania’s decision to grant citizenship to 162,156 former Burundian refugees, marking the largest group in UNHCR’s history to which naturalisation has been offered by a country of first asylum as a solution to decades in exile.

Tanzanian authorities also started the naturalisation process for a further 40,000 people. In total some 200,000 people are expected to be granted citizenship, including some of the children of the Burundian refugees, who fled their country amid ethnic conflict in 1972.

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Statelessness averted? Former Burundian refugees to receive Tanzanian citizenship

On 29 September 2014, at the annual meeting of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees’ Governing Executive Committee in Geneva, the government of Tanzania announced that it finally intends to deliver on its 2008 promise of citizenship to tens of thousands of former Burundian refugees by offering them proof of their new status as citizens. This promise – if delivered upon – will avert a growing crisis that had made those caught up in its midst effectively stateless.

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