United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, Heiner Bielefeldt speaks during a conference in Beirut, Thursday, April 2, 2015. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Lebanon's current confessional system is not sustainable and a transformed political system should be considered, Heiner Bielefeldt, the United Nations' freedom of religion specialist, said Thursday.He said that the current quota system – in which positions in state institutions are reserved for people of certain confessions – may be a source of anxiety. However, it can lead to many problems, especially for people that follow unrecognized religions.Under Lebanon's current political system, a specific number of seats and different government posts are reserved for each sect.Besides these three main sects, Lebanon has 15 other recognized religious groups.Currently in Lebanon the issue of civil marriage is still under intense debate. There is no law banning or permitting civil marriage in Lebanon, but it is difficult to have it recognized by the state.
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