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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 third edition is a comprehensive revision of the original text, which is also updated to reflect developments at national and continental levels. The original tables presenting comparative analysis of all the continent�s nationality laws have been improved, and new tables added on additional aspects of the law. Since the second edition was published in 2010, South Sudan has become independent and adopted its own nationality law, while there have been revisions to the laws in C�te d�Ivoire, Kenya, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Namibia, Niger, Senegal, Seychelles, South Africa, Sudan, Tunisia and Zimbabwe. The African Commission on Human and Peoples� Rights and the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child have developed important new normative guidance.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-ii
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. iii-iv
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  1. Preface to the third edition
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Disclaimer
  2. p. vii
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. p. viii
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  1. Definitions
  2. pp. ix-xi
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  1. Summary and recommendations
  2. pp. 1-20
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  1. International norms on nationality
  2. pp. 21-37
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  1. Nationality under colonial rule and the transition to independence
  2. pp. 38-42
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  1. The basis of nationality law today
  2. pp. 43-44
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  1. The right to a nationality in national law
  2. pp. 45-46
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  1. Nationality based on birth in the territory
  2. pp. 47-52
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  1. Nationality based on descent
  2. pp. 53-56
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  1. Adopted children
  2. pp. 57-59
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  1. Racial and ethnic discrimination
  2. pp. 60-62
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  1. Gender discrimination
  2. pp. 63-72
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  1. Dual nationality
  2. pp. 73-79
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  1. Naturalisation
  2. pp. 80-96
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  1. Nationality requirements for public office
  2. pp. 97-100
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  1. Rights for the African diaspora
  2. pp. 101-102
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  1. Loss and deprivation of nationality
  2. pp. 103-111
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  1. Renunciation and reacquisition
  2. pp. 112-115
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  1. Evidence and documentation
  2. pp. 116-124
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  1. State successions since independence
  2. pp. 125-127
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  1. Naturalisation as a “durable solution” for refugees
  2. pp. 128-133
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  1. Appendix: Legal sources
  2. pp. 134-136
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781928331124
Related ISBN
9781928331087
MARC Record
OCLC
945563529
Pages
150
Launched on MUSE
2016-03-26
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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