Montenegro: Over 2 000 people will be deprived of citizenship

Montenegro: Over 2 000 people will be deprived of citizenship

The Ministry of Internal Affairs (MUP) will initiate a procedure for the loss of Montenegrin citizenship for 2,108 persons registered in the voter lists in Montenegro, who have dual citizenship.

In the press release, the Ministry of the Interior said that for now, the verification procedure covers eight thousand citizens, who are on the voter list of Herceg Novi, Nikšić and Montenegro, due to the assumption that in addition to Montenegrin, they also have the citizenship of another state.

“It was determined that 595 persons have dual citizenship in accordance with the Law on Montenegrin Citizenship,” the Ministry of the Interior said in a statement.

It is stated that, therefore, no procedure will be initiated for those persons for the loss of Montenegrin citizenship by force of law.

“In 2 days, the Ministry of the Interior will initiate ex officio proceedings for the loss of Montenegrin citizenship by force of law, by informing them of the fact that they have voluntarily acquired the citizenship of another state,” they said from that department.

As explained, they will be able to state which citizenship they want to keep by giving a statement on the record.

The Ministry of the Interior reiterated that persons who have voluntarily acquired the citizenship of another state have the right to dual citizenship before June 3, 2006.

“Which is proven by the inspection of the Certificate of Citizenship, the Birth Certificate with the statement on the date of registration in the citizenship of another state or the Decision on admission to the citizenship of another state,” the statement added.

The Ministry of the Interior emphasized that this is not the end of the process, because checks are still ongoing for the remaining number of citizens.

“Also, we are open for cooperation with the non-governmental sector on the issue of checking the Central Population Register in accordance with the dynamics, which we would jointly agree on,” reads a press release.

As they stated, as part of the activities for creating preconditions for updating of the registers of residence, an inspection of the available records find out that more than 16 thousand people after 2008 did not get an ID card, and are on the voter list, and that about 50 thousand citizens ID cards expired.

The Ministry of the Interior called on citizens with such a status to submit a request for the issuance or replacement of an ID card, or otherwise, a misdemeanour procedure will be initiated, in accordance with the Law on Identity Card.

“Respecting human rights and freedoms, activities have already been undertaken in order to inform citizens about the need to issue or replace an ID card,” the statement added.