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Citizenship Law of Afghanistan (1936) – 2: Renouncing Citizenship, Deprivation of Citizenship

Article 16:

No Afghan national can renounce his citizenship until he has reached the adult age and the Council of Ministers has approved his renunciation. He should also have undertaken to sell within one year of his renunciation all the immovable property that he may own or inherit.


Minor and adult children of such a person shall remain citizens of Afghanistan unless otherwise authorized by the Council of Ministers.

Article 17:

An Afghan national who has accepted the citizenship of another state without observing the provisions of Article 16, above, shall not be considered a non-Afghan, but he shall be barred from all service in the Afghan Government.

Article 18:

The Afghan Government shall be authorized to deprive the following persons of their Afghan citizenship as and if it deems it necessary:

(a)          Persons who are serving in the armed forces or civil service of foreign states;

(b)         Persons who are conducting their business in Afghanistan and fail to meet with their social and public obligations;

(c)          Persons residing abroad when they have severed all their relationships with the Afghan authorities and have no contact with the Afghan embassies or consulates;

(d)         Persons who fled the country after committing crimes or a crime of national consequence;

(e)          Persons who spread propaganda which is against the general and national interests of Afghanistan.

Article 19:

When a person is committed to citizenship, his citizenship can be annulled within five years of his residence in accordance with Article 9, above, if it is proven that he has committed a major misdemeanor or a crime abroad or if he commits a major misdemeanor or a crime while he is completing his residence term.

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