Rumanian Citizenship Restrictions Held Unconstitutional

Commenting on Geneva advices that Rumania is drafting a new measure aimed against its national minorities, the Manchester Guardian warns today it would constitute violation both of a treaty to which Rumania is a signatory and the country’s own constitution.

The new measure would replace one recently dropped, which would deprive nationals in territories annexed after the World War of their citizenship. According to information obtained in Geneva, the measure is being drafted under the extraordinary legislative powers recently granted by Parliament.

The Manchester Guardian declares:

“It is clear that this bill is a flagrant violation both of the treaty for protection of minorities signed by Rumania with the principal allied powers on December 9, 1919, and of the Rumanian constitution itself.”

The proposal is termed inexcusable in the light of the economic state of the country where, despite the depression, there is almost no unemployment. According to the Guardian, protests on behalf of the threatened minorities will be made to the great powers. No appeal to the League of Nations is possible, it is pointed out, until the measure becomes law.

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