Constitutional Court ruling on refugees' eligibility to acquire Ugandan Citizenship
In 2010, Refugee Law Project petitioned the Constitutional Court seeking an interpretation of Articles 12 and 13 of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda 1995 in relation to sections 14 and 16 of the Uganda Citizenship and Immigration Control Act Cap 66 and Sections 6 and 45 of the Refugee Act (2006). The interpretation is in respect of the eligibility of refugees to apply for and acquire Ugandan Citizenship by registration or naturalization.
The petition focused on two issues:
- Whether refugees living in Uganda are eligible to apply for and acquire citizenship by registration under provisions of articles 12(2) (c) of the Constitution and
- Whether refugees living in Uganda are eligible to apply for and acquire citizenship by naturalization under provisions of article 13 of the Constitution.
The petition was heard on 15th June 2015 and judgment was delivered on 6th October 2015.