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China: China Lifts Entry Ban for Foreigners with HIV/AIDS

(May 4, 2010) On April 24, 2010, the State Council of China published a decision amending the Implementation Measures of the People's Republic of China Law on Entry and Exit of Aliens (hereinafter “Measures”), which lifted the ban in the old Measures on aliens with HIV/AIDS or leprosy from entering China. (The amendment and the […]

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 […]

African Union: Treaty on Internally Displaced Persons

(Oct. 27, 2009) On October 23, 2009, a new treaty was endorsed at a special summit of African Union heads of state, held in Kampala, Uganda. The treaty concerns the protection and treatment of internally displaced persons, and it will become effective once 15 nations ratify the document. (UN Human Rights Chief Hails New Pact […]

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 […]

Finland: Proposal to Change Asylum Policy

(June 9, 2009) Finland's government is drafting a proposal for changes to the country's policies on asylum; the proposal will be presented to the legislature. The goal is to reduce the number of asylum applications that are eventually turned down as not qualifying for protection by making Finland a less attractive destination. The proposal was […]

Laos; Thailand: Resettlement Abroad of Some Hmong Refugees

(Apr. 30, 2009) Kasit Priomya, Thailand's Foreign Minister, visited the United States in late April 2009, and he discussed the status of ethnic Hmong refugees from Laos now living in a detention center in Thailand. Meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, he said that the Hmong “are regarded as political asylum seekers, so […]

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 […]

European Union; Switzerland: Schengen Area Accession

(Jan. 12, 2009) The Schengen acquis (body of law) came into being in 1985 when the governments of Belgium, Germany, France, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands signed an agreement in Schengen, Luxembourg, to establish an area free of internal borders for nationals, goods, and services. In June 1990, the five original signatories signed the Convention that […]