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Few African countries provide for an explicit right to a nationality. Laws and practices governing citizenship effectively leave hundreds of thousands of people in Africa without a country. These stateless Africans can neither vote nor stand for office; they cannot enrol their children in school, travel freely, or own property; they cannot work for the government; they are exposed to human rights abuses. Statelessness exacerbates and underlies tensions in many regions of the continent. Citizenship Law in Africa, a comparative study by two programs of the Open Society Foundations, describes the often arbitrary, discriminatory, and contradictory citizenship laws that exist from state to state and recommends ways that African countries can bring their citizenship laws in line with international rights norms. The report covers topics such as citizenship by descent, citizenship by naturalisation, gender discrimination in citizenship law, dual citizenship, and the right to identity documents and passports. It is essential reading for policymakers, attorneys, and activists. This second edition includes updates on developments in Kenya, Libya, Namibia, South Africa, Sudan and Zimbabwe, as well as minor corrections to the tables and other additions throughout.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Sources and acknowledgments
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  1. Disclaimer
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  1. Abbreviations
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  1. Definitions
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  1. Summary
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  1. International norms on citizenship
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  1. Citizenship under colonial rule
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  1. The basis of citizenship law today
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  1. Right to a nationality
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  1. Citizenship by descent
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  1. Racial and ethnic discrimination
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  1. Gender discrimination
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  1. Proof of nationality
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  1. Dual citizenship
  2. pp. 58-63
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  1. Citizenship by naturalisation
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  1. Citizenship requirements for public office
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  1. Rights for the African diaspora
  2. pp. 76-77
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  1. Loss and deprivation of citizenship
  2. pp. 78-85
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  1. Right to identity documents and passports
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  1. Citizenship as a “durable solution” for refugees
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  1. Appendix: Legal sources
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  1. Index
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  1. About the Author, Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781920489588
Related ISBN
9781920489588
MARC Record
OCLC
467374727
Pages
122
Launched on MUSE
2013-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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