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#31106 - 28 Jun 06 11:12 Govt to allow dual citizenship
Balibob Offline

Registered: 14 Jun 06
Posts: 1066
Loc: Bali
Govt to allow dual citizenship

M. Taufiqurrahman, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

There is good news for Indonesians with foreign spouses, with a provision in the citizenship bill allowing for dual citizenship of their offspring until the latter reaches adulthood.

The bill, expected to be passed soon, also would do away with differentiation between "indigenous" and "nonindigenous" Indonesians -- long cited as discriminatory by Chinese-Indonesians.

An article in the bill's latest draft, which was made available to The Jakarta Post, stipulates that dual citizenship is allowed for children of transnational marriages, as well as for children of Indonesian couples born in countries that apply the principle of ius soli ("right of soil").

Countries with ius soli principles, such as the United States, automatically give citizenship to anyone born in the country.

Indonesia currently uses the ius sanguinis ("right of the blood") principle, which means that children born here receive the citizenship of their father.

Indonesian women married to foreign nationals are barred from passing their citizenship to their children, which leads to considerable costs entailed in immigration processing and also schooling in international schools required by their foreign status.

The children will be required to choose their citizenship at the age of 18. Although there had been calls for an age requirement of 23, members of the House formulating team said the former figure was in accordance with the definition of minors under the Child Protection Law.

Advocates of transnational marriages complain that the 1958 Citizenship Law, passed during a period of heightened nationalistic fervor, discriminates against their children.

Another breakthrough for people of foreign descent is the near eradication of distinctions between indigenous and nonindigenous residents, which often was used in the bureaucracy and public against Chinese-Indonesians.

Although one article still uses the term indigenous and people from different nationalities, lawmakers and the government have agreed on a provision defining an Indonesian citizen as one who never purposely assumes foreign citizenship.

The bill also orders the passing of a transitional regulation that will enable nonindigenous people to apply for Indonesian citizenship. The transitional period lasts three years from the time the law takes effect.

There also will be severe punishment and heavy fines for state officials who hamper the citizenship process for foreigners.

A member of the House formulating team, Cyprianus Aoer, lauded the rehashed bill as "revolutionary" progress in eradicating discrimination in the country.

"However, it remains to be seen whether the government, especially the bureaucracy, will be ready to implement such a revolutionary law, given the deeply entrenched discriminatory practices," he told the Post.

Wahyu Susilo of the Indonesian Anti-Discrimination Movement (Gandi) also applauded the provision for dual citizenship.

"It is enough for the present situation," he said.

Will it ever happen??,.I don't think so,.this Govt. is very good at NATO
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(George Bernard Shaw)

#31107 - 28 Jun 06 13:40 Re: Govt to allow dual citizenship
riccardo Offline

Registered: 12 Oct 05
Posts: 2195
Loc: Jakarta
This is good news for many people. I just hope it isn't "throwing a few bread crumbs" to keep activists quiet and then never actually implement it.

But as I mention in the thread about Chinese discrimination, it is now abundantly clear that RI lawmakers are paying close attention to JakChat and are basing most of their key decisons on our insightful discussions.
Just here proffering my pearls to swine, my throat to wolves and my trousers to the flagpole.

#31108 - 28 Jun 06 17:05 Re: Govt to allow dual citizenship
Jakartass Offline

Registered: 12 Jun 06
Posts: 18
Loc: Jakarta
As <a href="">I note today</a>, I commented on this issue exactly <a href="">a year ago</a>.

I also gave links and praise to a few groups which had/have been lobbying (for too long) for changes in these unfair laws.

Bear in mind that the changes are primarily designed to attract foreign investors rather than we small fry. Anyone who invests in a sweat shop to reduce the official unemployment figures will be more welcome than, say, an NGO advocating, for example, micro-credit schemes.

I also wonder about the fate of those of us who are to be seen in the nether regions of Jalan Jaksa rather than the G & T circuit of country clubs and golf courses, because we've invested our 'wealth' in the support of a local family.

#31109 - 28 Jun 06 17:59 Re: Govt to allow dual citizenship
KuKuKaChu Moderator Offline
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Registered: 09 Oct 05
Posts: 10790
Loc: Centre of the Universe
Originally posted by Jakartass:
I also wonder about the fate of those of us who are to be seen in the nether regions of Jalan Jaksa rather than the G & T circuit of country clubs and golf courses, because we've invested our 'wealth' in the support of a local family.
i wondered exactly the same thing myself when i read this article. i would imagine that they would only be giving this facility to company directors of companies of a certain authorised capital, which in the case of PMAs equates to the value of the approved investment into indonesia. the key, in this case, is the actual amount of authorised capital: most approved FDI projects are for values of less than USD100,000. however, it's these very projects that provide a disproportionate amount of employment opportunities. thus, wait and see on this one ... wait for the devils in the detail.
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