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NCLW presents to Hariri draft law recognizing right of Lebanese women to transmit nationality to children

The President of the Council of Ministers Saad Hariri received today at the Grand Serail a delegation from the National Commission for Lebanese Women headed by Claudine Aoun Roukoz. The delegation included members of the commission's executive office and members of the legal and steering committee concerned with preparing the National Action Plan for Security Council Resolution 1325.

After the meeting, Roukoz said: "We presented to Prime Minister Hariri a copy of the draft law aimed at amending the Lebanese Nationality Law to recognize the right of Lebanese women married to foreigners to transmit their nationality to their children, and the draft national action plan to implement UNSCR 1325 on women, peace and security, that were prepared by the commission at the request of the Presidency of the Lebanese Council of ministers."

The draft law gives the Lebanese woman married to a foreigner the right to give her children the nationality based on her natural right, the bond of blood, social justice and equality in rights and obligations among all citizens as stipulated by the Lebanese Constitution just as is the case with the Lebanese father. This applies to children who are younger than eighteen years old when the law is implemented. Those older than eighteen would get the right to a green card that gives them all the civil, economic and social rights of the Lebanese citizens, with the exception of political rights, the right to hold public office and the right to own property. The holder of a green card can apply for the Lebanese nationality after five years with some conditions.

The draft law distinguishes between the right of the woman married to a foreigner to give her children her nationality, and naturalization.

It comes within the framework of Lebanon's commitment to international human rights conventions.

The draft national action plan for the implementation of UNSCR 1325 on women, peace and security was prepared by the National Commission for Lebanese Women to support the status of women in society and to respect Lebanon's international obligations.

Source: National News Agency