My Nationality campaign protests against labor regulation

Wed, 04/05/2017

My Nationality is a Right for Me and My Family campaign staged a sit in yesterday outside the labor ministry in Msharafiyeh protesting the ministry’s clampdown on foreign workforce which they said is preventing their non-national children and spouses from work. Women protestors and their families hoisted banners which read, ‘discrimination between men and women citizens is against the law’, ‘no compromise on the rights of women’, ‘children and spouses of Lebanese women don’t need a permit’ and ‘it is my children’s rights to work in their home country’. The Campaign’s coordinator, Karima Shebbo, called in her speech for the amendment of the current Nationality Law to the effect of ensuring the rights of Lebanese women to pass the nationality to their families. Shebbo made clear that the Campaign has received many grievances so far on suspension from work of non-national children and husbands of Lebanese women in line with a labor ministry directive on January 3, 2017 requiring stringent restrictions on foreign labor. Shebbo mentioned that the Campaign’s delegation has met with minister Mohammad Kabbara to enlighten him about the above complaints, noting that the minister has underlined his commitment to labor laws issued previously that regulate the work status of foreigners born in Lebanon and married to Lebanese women. Kabbara, according to Shebbo, has promised to organize their work conditions as such. My Nationality coordinator stated that the problem is getting worse with mounting grievances by people facing work-related problems. She concluded by warning that the lives of Lebanese women and their families are not to be compromised or traded in, cautioning against any decision or decree that does not take into consideration equality among Lebanese citizens, men and women. (An Nahar, Al Akhbar, April 6, 2017)