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Tajikistan: Amendment to Law on Nationality Considered

(Nov. 8, 2016) The lower house of Tajikistan’s bicameral legislature approved a provision that would ban those who hold dual citizenship from working for the national security services, with the goal of preventing leaks of classified data. The proposal was introduced on November 2, 2016, by the first Deputy of the State Committee for National Security, Mansurjon Umarov. The next step will be consideration by the upper house and signature by Tajikistan’s President Emomali Rahmon. (Tajik Lawmakers Back Bill to Ban Dual Citizens from Serving in Security Services, RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY (Nov. 2, 2016).)

Under its law on citizenship, Tajikistan permits dual nationality in some circumstances stipulated in treaties to which the country is a party. (Constitutional Law of the Republic of Tajikistan on Nationality of the Republic of Tajikistan (1995, as amended in 2008), art. 8, REFWORLD.) Most of the dual citizens in the country at present also have Russian nationality. (Tajik Lawmakers Back Bill to Ban Dual Citizens from Serving in Security Services, supra.) The Nationality Law was amended in 2015 to annul the citizenship of any nationals who travel abroad to fight with radical groups, including the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (also called the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)). (Tajikistan Changes Citizenship Law Amid IS Threat, YAHOO NEWS (June 24, 2015).)