Kathmandu, Nov 1,2014: A study conducted by the Women Law and Development Forum has stated that over 4.3 million Nepalese are deprived of citizenship certificate.
The Constitutional Law Practitioners Forum organized an interaction programme on Citizenship in new Constitution: Equity and Identity with lawmakers in the capital today and pointed out the need of amending the current laws regarding to getting citizenship certificate.
The forum studied the provision related to getting citizenship certificate of 120 countries and of them 108 countries has the provision of providing citizenship certificate in the name of either father or mother by decent.
Of them nine countries including Nepal has the provision of providing citizenship certificate in the name of father only.
Similarly, Bhutan, Myanmar and Republic Congo have the provision of providing citizenship certificate if only both the father and mother is the citizen of the country.
Test-tube babies in Nepal will be bereft of citizenship certificate once they reach 16 year as the current ‘Citizenship Act 2009 and 2020 BS’ does not recognize them as eligible for it due to their artificial birth.
The CA members opined that many such children would be stateless if they are to be given the certificate only on the basis of their father’s recommendation. Hence, it is high time the state acknowledges the issues.
Since the right to citizenship of a citizen is attached to his legal recognition and existence, in its absence, he may be devoid of the fundamental rights. Source: RSSÂ