Thursday, August 25, 2005

Zimbabwe is Not Part of Humanity Now? When Did That Happen?

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Article 15.

    (1) Everyone has the right to a nationality.

    (2) No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his nationality nor denied the right to change his nationality.

Meanwhile, back in Bizarro World...


At Sat. Aug. 27, 10:56:00 a.m. 2005, Anonymous Sunni said...

I have a lapsed nationality here that I'm not using ... anyone want it?

[Who thinks up this weird shit anyway? 'Right to a nationality'? Hmph.]

At Sat. Aug. 27, 11:08:00 p.m. 2005, Blogger Apesnake said...

They were likely using the older meaning of nationality as citizenship rather than the newer meaning of culture of origin. (No one sees the value of citizenship until the deportation department shows up at the door.) So the thing is that if no country lets you have a nationality or if your home nation just decides you are not a citizen because you wear the wrong shoes, you are basically denied every other right, you can be marched to the border of one country after another.

I once would have wanted to declare myself a citizen of the world but then I realized that I would have to pay taxes to a couple hundred nations and I would not be allowed to work in most of them. Not much of a deal.

Australia had an interesting issue not long ago when some famous writer or artist or architect or something had his citizenship revoked over twenty years ago without anyone telling him. When he went in to get a license or something they told him he was not an Australian. It seems that Australia does not allow duel-citizenship and when his home country accidentally put him back on their computers as a citizen the Australians promptly canceled him on theirs. I am sure they were going to get around to telling him.

He was readmitted as an Australian citizen but I have not heard if he got any refunds for the years he was paying taxes to Australia. Knowing bureaucrats they probably arrested him for working illegally in the country.

At Sat. Aug. 27, 11:56:00 p.m. 2005, Blogger Gyrobo said...

It all comes down to taxes, doesn't it?

At Mon. Sep. 05, 01:04:00 a.m. 2005, Blogger Apesnake said...

And death. Taxes and death.

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