BEIRUT: Women’s rights advocates staged a sit-in Sunday to denounce “unjust” standards that prevent Lebanese women from passing on their nationality to their children.
The protest was held in the Beirut neighborhood of Sanayeh and was organized by the Individual Initiative for Human Rights, an association of concerned organizations.
“While politicians are unable to secure the basic conditions for their own citizens, and amid the crises that surround the country, there were foreigners who were granted nationality with a presidential decree,” said the head of the association, Mustafa Shaar.
The 112 individuals named in the citizenship decree hail from France, Italy, Australia, Germany, Holland, Canada, the United States, Jordan and several other countries.
Shaar demanded that Lebanese women be granted their full rights next year. It should be a year for “granting Lebanese women full rights as first class citizens,” he said. “What is a right for men is the same for women. This is justice.”