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South Africa: Proposal to Limit Land Ownership by Citizens and Foreigners

(Feb. 24, 2015) On February 12, 2015, in his 2015 State of the Nation address, South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma announced that his government is preparing to propose for parliamentary action the Regulation of Land Holdings Bill. (South Africa’s Zuma Outlines Land Reform Plans, BBC NEWS (Feb. 14, 2015).) Among other objectives, the measure aims […]

Burma: Temporary Citizens Will Be Allowed to Vote in Constitutional Referendum

(Feb. 6, 2015) It was reported on February 3, 2015, that Burma’s Parliament (Pyidaungsu Hluttaw) had passed a law the day before granting temporary citizens in Burma the right to vote in a constitutional referendum expected to be held in May 2015, before general elections scheduled for the fall. (Lawi Weng, ‘White Card’ Holders Eligible […]

Egypt: Al Jazeera Journalists Deported

(Feb. 4, 2015) On January 31, 2015, the Egyptian authorities deported two foreign journalists who had been imprisoned for the past year. The two journalists, who worked for Al Jazeera’s English-language service, are Peter Greste, an Australian citizen, and Mohamed Fahmy, an Egyptian Canadian. Fahmy had to renounce his Egyptian citizenship to be able to […]

Russia: First Criminal Prosecution for Not Reporting Second Citizenship

(Jan. 13, 2015) On December 9, 2014, the Investigation Committee of the Russian Federation (the federal authority in charge of criminal investigations directly subordinated to the President of Russia) announced that it has charged a Russian individual for not reporting to the authorities that he has permanent resident status in a foreign state. (A Criminal […]

Netherlands: Legislation Prepared on Withdrawal of Citizenship of Jihadist Fighters

(Jan. 5, 2015) The Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands has prepared legislation to allow the withdrawal of Dutch citizenship “from jihadists fighting alongside a terrorist organisation abroad without there having been any prior criminal conviction.” On December 18, 2014, the Ministry submitted it for review to various Dutch legal advisory bodies. (Violent […]

Taiwan: Nationality Act in Process of Being Amended

(Dec. 30, 2014) On December 17, 2014, amendments to the Nationality Act passed the first reading in the Legislative Yuan, the primary legislative body of the Republic of China (on Taiwan). The changes are aimed at, among other objectives, allowing greater flexibility in recruiting professionals worldwide to work in Taiwan. (Nationality Amendments Pass First Legislative […]

Bahrain: Life in Prison and Loss of Citizenship for a Terror Group

(Oct. 6, 2014) On September 29, 2014, the High Criminal Court in Bahrain sentenced nine Bahraini citizens to life in prison and stripped them of their citizenship, after convicting them of having smuggled weapons and explosives by sea to commit terrorist attacks in Bahrain. According to the prosecution, one of the convicted citizens was successful […]

Estonia: E-Residency May Be Granted to Foreign Investors

(June 6, 2014) On April 24, 2014, the Government of Estonia approved the concept of e-residency, which would allow non-resident foreign investors to use Estonian government online services, open bank accounts, and register businesses in Estonia without visiting the country. (Estonian Government Accepted E-Residency Concept, FINANCE ESTONIA (Apr. 25, 2014).) Profits from the Estonian virtual […]

Sweden: Groundbreaking Supreme Court Award for Unlawful Loss of Citizenship

(Apr. 30, 2014) On April 23, 2014, the Swedish Supreme Court rendered a groundbreaking verdict against the state, requiring it to pay SEK100,000 (about US$15,224) in damages to an individual who had been stripped of his Swedish citizenship in violation of the Constitution. (Högsta Domstolen [HD] [Supreme Court] 2014-04-23 T 5516-12, Högsta Domstolen website.) In […]