File - Protesters sympathizing with Fatima Ali Hamzeh block the entrance to Haret Hreik south of Beirut in front of the Supreme Islamic Shiite Council, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Activists gathered in front of the Higher Islamic Shiite Council south of Beirut Saturday to decry the infringement of women's custody rights.Activists from Protecting Lebanese Women and their supporters demanded the council to lift the minimum age of paternal custody for children of divorced couples to something closer to other Muslim and Christian sects in the country. For Shiites, fathers automatically gain full custody of boys aged 2-years-old.Among the protesters was Fatima Hamzeh, a mother arrested in November for refusing to give away the right of custody over her 4-year-old son, Ali.
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