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Lebanon: Citizenship Denied to Children of Lebanese Mothers

(May 24, 2010) On June 16, 2009, a Lebanese court of first instance issued a landmark decision granting Lebanese citizenship to the children of a Lebanese mother married to a non-Lebanese father. Samira Soueidan filed the lawsuit on behalf of her four children, two boys and two girls, after the death of her Egyptian husband […]

Belgium: Draft Law on Nationality

(Apr. 21, 2010) On April 2, 2010, the Belgian Council of Ministers endorsed a draft law amending the Belgian Nationality Code. The proposal was presented to the Council by Justice Minister Stefaan De Clerck. (Press Release, Premier Ministre de Belgique, Nationalité belge: adaptation des conditions pour l'obtention de la nationalité belge (Apr. 2, 2010), available […]

Lebanon: Court Rules Children Have Right to Acquire Citizenship of Mother

(July 20, 2009) In the first decision of its kind in Lebanon, a court of first instance recently issued a judgment giving children of a deceased non-Lebanese father the right to acquire their mother's Lebanese citizenship. The public prosecution office, a party to the case brought by the mother, took a neutral position during the […]

Uganda: Bill Allowing Dual Citizenship Passed

(June 10, 2009) It was reported on May 17, 2009, that the Ugandan Parliament has passed into law a bill allowing dual citizenship and sent it to the President's desk for signature (Uganda Citizenship and Immigration Control (Amendment) Bill of 2008). (Henry Mukasa & Catherine Bekunda, Parliament Passes Dual Citizenship Law, THE NEW VISION, May […]

Kuwait: Ministry of Justice Provides Marriage Certificate to Stateless Woman

(Apr. 27, 2009) On March 25, 2009, for the first time in Kuwait, a personal status court issued a decision compelling the Ministry of Justice to provide a marriage certificate to a woman considered to be “stateless” (bidun jinsiya). The term bidun jinsiya refers to individuals of foreign ancestry and to members of certain Bedouin […]

Lebanon: Law Being Drafted on Citizenship Issue

(Mar. 27, 2009) The Woman and Child Committee of the Lebanese Parliament is in the process of debating a draft law to give the children of Lebanese women married to foreigners Lebanese citizenship. However, some members of the Committee want to limit this right and exclude those who are married to Palestinians. (Granting Children of […]

Japan: Nationality Law Amended

(Dec. 17, 2008) The Diet (Japan's parliament) passed a bill to revise the Nationality Law on December 5, 2008. It was promulgated December 12 as Law No. 88 of 2008. Some parts of the amendment were effective upon the date of promulgation of the Law, and the rest will be effective 20 days later. The […]

Luxembourg: New Citizenship Law

(Dec. 4, 2008) The aim of the Law of October 23, 2008, on Luxembourgian citizenship is to take into account the societal changes of the last 50 years and consolidate the integration of foreigners residing in Luxembourg. The Law, which will enter into force on January 1, 2009, allows dual citizenship or even multiple citizenships. […]

Russia: Citizenship Acquisition to Be Simplified

(Sept. 30, 2008) On September 22, 2008, the upper chamber of the Russian legislature, the Federation Council, adopted amendments to the Russian Federal Law on Citizenship, aimed at the simplification of the citizenship acquisition procedure for nationals of the former Soviet republics – if they were born in the territory of Russia when it was […]