Bassil to Push Ahead with Law Granting Women Right to Pass Citizenship to Children

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Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil said on Wednesday that a draft law will be submitted granting Lebanese women married to foreigners the right to pass their nationality to their children, “with the exception of neighboring countries.”

At a press conference held at the Foreign Ministry, Bassil declared “an initiative for implementing equality among the Lebanese, men and women, based on the Constitution, international agreements and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).”

Adding, “a draft law will be put forward granting women the right to confer their nationality to their children, with the exception of neighboring countries, for naturalization purposes.”

“The State of Lebanon adheres to the right of Palestinians to return back to their land, and the return of Syrian refuges back to Syria,” he said.

Bassil noted that Lebanese women married to non-Lebanese, except from neighboring countries (Syria and Palestine,) will be given the right to pass the Lebanese nationality to their children. “The constitution bans naturalization,” he argued.

The Lebanese nationality law says a Lebanese man who holds Lebanese citizenship can automatically confer citizenship to his children and foreign wife (only if entered in the Civil Acts Register in the Republic of Lebanon).

Under the current law, descendants of Lebanese emigrants can only receive citizenship from their father and women cannot pass on citizenship to their children or foreign spouses.

On 12 November 2015, the Parliament of Lebanon approved a draft law that would allow "foreigners of Lebanese origin to get citizenship", Bassil announced on 5 May 2016 the beginning of the implementation of citizenship law for Lebanese diaspora.

Comments 5
Thumb s.o.s 21 March 2018, 14:11

interesting because very discriminative against Palestinians and Syrians. What if the mother isn't married and has a child on her own?

Thumb blablablablabla 21 March 2018, 20:27

great copy paster you are by taking the note that were directed toward you :D

Thumb eagledawn 22 March 2018, 10:33

antonio; you should stop smoking weed, troll

Missing phillipo 21 March 2018, 14:42

The wording of this law, if the English translation is exact, only goes to prove that the Lebanese are also not the least bit interested in the Palestinians or in letting them have an even partially decent standard of living.

Thumb justin 21 March 2018, 17:38

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