Brunei - Brunei Nationality Law No. 4 of 1961, as amended by S 43/00 and S 55/02 - Equality Now
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Brunei - Nationality Law No. 4 of 1961, as amended by S 43/00 and S 55/02

  • Country: Brunei
  • Law status: Discriminatory law in force
  • Law Type: Citizenship

Sections 4, 5 and 9 of Brunei’s Nationality Law No. 4 of 1961, as amended by S 43/00 and S 55/02, do not allow a Bruneian woman to transfer her nationality to her children and foreign spouse on an equal basis with Bruneian men.

Section 4. (1) On and after the appointed day the following persons, and no others, shall be subjects of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan by operation of law —

(a) any person born in Brunei Darussalam . . . and any person born outside Brunei Darussalam . . . whose father was, at the time of birth of such person, a subject of His Majesty the Sultan . . .

Section 5. (6) . . .  a woman who — (a) is not a subject of His Majesty the Sultan . . . ; and (b) is or has been married to a subject of His Majesty the Sultan . . . , shall  . . . be eligible to be registered as a subject of His Majesty the Sultan . . .

Section 9. (5) A person who has the status of a subject of His Majesty the Sultan . . . shall cease to have such status if —(b) being a woman who has acquired such status by registration [through marriage to a subject of His Majesty the Sultan and thereafter] she acquires by reason of her subsequent marriage the nationality or citizenship of her husband being the nationality or citizenship of any State or country outside Brunei Darussalam.

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Sex discrimination in personal status laws negatively impacts the ability of women to conduct various aspects of their daily lives. 

Nationality laws which prevent a woman from passing on citizenship to their children and foreign spouse on an equal basis with men makes families insecure and can result in severe hardships for the family, including lack of access to education, employment, health and social benefits and other human rights. 

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Call on His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah to turn words into deeds.

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