Proposal by My Nationality campaign to amend the law

Thu, 06/21/2018

Future Movement MP Rula Tabsh Jarudi received on Tuesday a delegation from ‘My Nationality is A Right for Me and My Family’ Campaign led by its coordinator, Karima Shebbo who presented a proposal for the amendment of the nationality law in such that it gives Lebanese mothers equal right to confer nationality to their families as men. A statement issued by the Campaign said the meeting was part of an ongoing cooperation with MP Tabsh since her nomination to the parliamentary elections and her adoption of the Campaign’s proposal to this effect. The meeting discussed the implications of the nationality law and the legal inferences related to the suggested restrictions and exceptions, the statement added. Regional achievements made by My Nationality Campaign in a number of Arab countries through reforming relevant legislations were also tackled, according to the statement. Tabsh reportedly adopted the proposed draft for it comprehensively embraced the criteria for full and complete equality between men and women, and pledged to ensure that the nationality law will be adjusted in an equitable manner that plays fair to Lebanese women. It was agreed that this right will see the light only through modifying the current law, rather than through the issuance of IDs or naturalization decrees or through special offices that receive applications that are subject to favoritism. And regarding the amendment of the Nationality law, The ‘National Coalition for the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women’ and ‘Because they are my children, my nationality is their right’ campaign held a press conference before yesterday under the title, ‘Naturalization laws and the need to amend the nationality law’. The Coalition’s coordinator Azza Hurr delivered a statement which demanded the amendment of the First Paragraph of Article 1 of the Nationality Code to become as such: ‘A person is deemed Lebanese if he is born of a Lebanese father or a Lebanese mother’.