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Court to decide if stateless children can be made citizens

Lunes, 11 de Septiembre de 2017 | Asia, Malasia
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PUTRAJAYA: Thousands of parents will now look forward to a Federal Court ruling on whether their stateless children can obtain Malaysian citizenship through a court order.

This follows today’s decision by a three-man bench led by Hasan Lah to allow leave applications by three sets of parents who wanted their appeals to be heard on the position of stateless children.

The fundamental question before the apex court is whether the blood or lineage is a requirement under the Federal Constitution in determining the citizenship of a child.

In all the three cases, the Court of Appeal rejected citizenship applications simply because the mother was a foreigner even though the children were born in Malaysia.

Justice Hasan, who allowed the merit of the case to be heard, said this issue must be settled “once and for all due to conflicting decisions from the lower courts”.

A Court of Appeal bench had ordered the government to issue citizenship to a child who was born to a Malaysian father and mother from Papua New Guinea.

However, the government is appealing against that decision.

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