Senator Sherman Seeks Constitution Amendments on Dual-Citizenship

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The Plenary of the Liberian Senate has mandated its Statutory Committee to review and subsequently report to Plenary within two weeks, a new amendment to the Alien and Nationality Law as prayed for by Grand Cape Mount County Senator, Cllr. Varney Sherman.

Senator Sherman who chairs the Senate Committee on Judiciary, has petitioned the Plenary of the Liberian Senate to amend section 20.1 (b) and for repeal of Section 21.31 of the Alien and Nationality Law.

In his communication Thursday, April 22, 2021, to the Plenary of the Liberian Senate, the Grand Cape Mount Senator said, that section 20.1(b) of the Alien and Nationality law provides that citizenship to a person born outside of Liberia whose father (i) was born a citizen of Liberia; (ii) was a citizen of Liberia at the time of the birth of such child; and (iii) had resided in outside of Liberia whose mother had qualifications similar to what is provided in this law.

He continues that Article 11 (b) and (c) of the Liberian Constitution discriminates against a person born of a Liberian Mother in violation of the equal protection clauses.

Therefore, senator Sherman petition the plenary that Section 20.1 (b) of the alien and Nationality Law be amended to provide to a person born outside of Liberia of a Liberian Mother the same right to Liberian Citizenship as a person born outside of Liberia of a Liberian father.

After the communication was read by the Secretary of the Senate, a motion was made for said communication to be forwarded to a Joint Committee on Judiciary and the Foreign Affairs to report in two weeks commencing from April 22, 2021.

The report of the Joint Committee will inform the position of Senate to vote for or against the petitions made by  Senator Varney Sherman of Grand Cape Mount County.

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