ECHR rejects challenges to Slovakia’s citizenship law

Over the past three years, Slovakia and Hungary have not been able to resolve a dispute over citizenship rights that, along with other issues, has been causing political as well as practical problems in the two countries’ relationship. Answers to some of the questions that the citizenship issue has provoked have now come from Europe, but while the Slovak government considers them to be clear, its opponents say the controversy is far from over.

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) issued a single ruling on May 21 in response to applications by two former Slovak citizens who complained about removal of their Slovak citizenship after they had acquired the citizenship of Hungary based on Hungary’s amended citizenship law from 2010. The court dismissed their applications.

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