@mustafa_mahmoud @lauragoodwin @Naima_Rajab @Zahra the recent happenings have just raised the one pertinent question the Kenyan Government has failed to answer. What is the ultimate proof of citizenship? Birth Certificate, ID Card or Passport. After the Makonde were issued with National ID cards, we attended the UN Statelessness day at the National Museum and the able Prof. Yash Pal Ghai raised a serious concern about the President ‘granting’ them citizenship despite the fact that there is already set up mechanisms. He was concerned that this might open up a worrying trend where the authority feels like they can now revoke citizenship of persons. We have noticed recently that some opposition leaders passports have been suspended, last night one of them who is a dual citizen but a Kenyan by birth, was deported to Canada. What are the legal implications for this? Would this be considered as a set back in the fight for citizenship rights? Should we be worried for communities that are still finding it hard to acquire Registration documents? What happens to the stateless persons who had to revoke their Kenyan citizenship inorder to acquire a different citizenship? Is there a way that we can establish laws or even strngthen the existing laws inorder to protect our Citizenship rights fully?
Those are very valid questions @Purity_Wadegu. We are happy you are back online. The biggest problem is not the absence of laws but the absence of the spirit of respect of law and order. We have a very progressive constitution that clearly says that citizenship rights are entitlements that cannot be waived by the state but unfortunately the state uses this as leverage to curb resistance and this is not only in Kenya. Many countries around the world are now punishing resistances and criminals by revoking their citizenship. In denmark:
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Denmark’s Supreme Court has upheld a lower court ruling to revoke the Danish citizenship of a Moroccan-born dual national who was convicted of instigating and promoting terrorism.
If you read the recent Institute of Statelessness and Inclusion report, they have highlighted on the rising threat of state arbitrary deprivation of nationality. In their 2017 year in review:
Alarming rise in use of deprivation of nationality Over the past year the use of deprivation of nationality as a form of punishment, particularly in combination with accusations of terrorism, remained a topic of increasing concern. Throughout 2017 the Turkish government has continued its brutal crackdown on dissidents, particularly those who took part in the attempted military coup d’état of July 2016 with the establishing of procedures to allow for the stripping of nationality from Turkish citizens living outside Turkey. In Israel, hundreds of Bedouins in the Negev were stripped of their Israeli nationality this year, and thousands fear a similar fate in 2018.
Please read more from this link.
Thank you. I’m glad to be back and i won’t disappear again. I’ll read the link and use this to information to raise more debates about Citizenship rights. It is clear from other forums that many are not aware of their citizenship rights.