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Experts urge Sudan and South Sudan to agree on citizenship laws

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June 20, 2012 (KAMPALA) - The new combined efforts of both law on nationality introduced in newly-independent South Sudan, and amendments made in response to partition last year by the Republic of Sudan, may leave many stateless, argues a report released by the Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa and the Africa Governance Monitoring and the Advocacy Project of the Open Society Foundation.

Most of those at risk of statelessness are people of South Sudanese origin who have lived in the Republic of Sudan for decades or even generations. Many South Sudanese were displaced and moved to the north during the civil wars.

Since the split in July last year Sudan and South Sudan have established new nationality laws but have failed to reach a negotiated for solution on who will become citizens of South Sudan and who to remain as the citizens of Sudan.

South Sudanese by origin lived for many years in the Republic of Sudan are being stripped of their Sudanese nationality, irrespective of the strength of their connections to the new state of South Sudan and their views on which state they would wish to belong to, the new report says .

Those populations at risk include individuals with one parent from Sudan and one from South Sudan, members of cross-border ethnic groups and people separated from their families by war, including unaccompanied children.

“Some people living in Sudan will end up stateless, without either a Sudanese or South Sudanese nationality and lose their basic rights. People without citizenship or the papers to prove it will be deprived of the right to vote, to cross borders, and to access state health and education services,” said Binaifer Nowrojee executive director of the Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa.

The report recommends that, in order to prevent statelessness, the Republic of Sudan should not strip an individual of his or her Sudanese nationality without proof that he or she has actually acquired South Sudanese nationality.

It also calls on the both Sudans to work together to ensure that potential citizens of South Sudan can easily obtain South Sudanese nationality documents if they are living in the Republic of Sudan.

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  • 21 June 2012 07:17, by Marolditapei

    SSAC was purposely erected to advance the means of stealing. SSAC was erected to cover up corrupt lords and to keep them in position of power. If the president does not name all the 73 corrupt workers within a month or less, then SSAC exists for no other reasons rather than to advance corruption. SSAC is an ENGINE of corruption itself!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • 21 June 2012 07:21, by Chol

      99% of South Sudanese chose independent; if anyone originally from South Sudan wants to be a Sudanese; then it’s up to them; it has nothing to do with 99% of Southerners who voted for separation.

      By the way, who are those experts, who told them South Sudanese need dual citizenship? All we need is our ten disputed border regions and the rest are all bullshit.

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      • 21 June 2012 08:15, by P.K.M

        The so called experts are needed to be identified. What country are they from? What are their names? If not those desperate Sudanese themselves that wanted so bad to be South Sudanese! Just stop wasting time; name anyone in South Sudan that wants to be a Sudanese? They are free to go; we will even give them a goodbye celebration to their new home.

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        • 21 June 2012 10:29, by mohammed ali

          Chol; pkm, it is no secret that the SPLA theieves is negotiating for dual citizentship.The SPLA is pushing for that and it’s supporters are pushing for that end.Even before the referundum Pagan was pushing very hard for that.In a normal situation this should be the standered policy; but you can’t do it when you are waging a war against me!

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  • 21 June 2012 07:24, by Marolditapei

    SSAC was purposely erected to advance the means of stealing. SSAC was erected to cover up corrupt lords and to keep them in position of power. If the president does not name all the 73 corrupt workers within a month or less, then SSAC exists for no other reasons rather than to advance corruption. SSAC is an ENGINE of corruption itself!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • 21 June 2012 08:11, by zulu

      MAROLD???
      THIS IS A FORM OF CORRUPTION AS WELL. YOU CANNOT CONDEMN THE OTHER WITHOUT EQUALLY SUBJECTING THE SAME MAXIM TO THIS ONE. GET IT BROTHER. RELATIVITY OR NOT CAN CARRY YOUR MESSAGE DEEPLY THAN MAKING OOOD GPEOPLE LIKE YOU BECOME OBNOXIOUSE.
      CITIZENSHIP AGREEMENT IS NOW OUT OF THE TABLE JUST AS OIL IS NOT RELEVANT NOW. THOSE 2ML. MESSYRIA WILL HAVE TO OBTAIN VISAS INORDER TO GRACE IN SOUT

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  • 21 June 2012 08:26, by Umoja

    Nonsense! NO South Sudanese want to be Sudanese. The 99% vote is clear indication. By the way who are those experts?

    The so called experts should not waste their time. If they (so called experts) are not able to stop genocide in Darfur. Who do they think they want to advise?

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  • 21 June 2012 16:25, by Beneben Bai

    Mohamed Ali, because you proved to be stupid, you don’t want to learn from corrections we send back to you about S. Sudan. SPLA is like SAF in Sudan. Is SAF the political party rulling Sudan or NCP? if you can correctly answer this question, then U will know the difference between SPLA and SPLM. You keep putting everything on SPLA. May be because it taught you the lesson that U will never forget

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