BEIRUT: On the occasion of Mother’s Day, former Prime Minister Saad Hariri vowed Wednesday to work for Lebanese women’s rights, particularly the right to grant their children nationality, and highlighted the role of mothers in the Syrian uprising.
“On this occasion, I reiterate my determination to continue striving to achieve all the rights of Lebanese mothers, especially their ultimate right to give their nationality to their children,” Hariri said in a statement.
Under the current nationality law, Lebanese women cannot pass their nationality to their children but the Cabinet is expected to discuss Wednesday an amendment to the law, proposed by Interior Minister Marwan Charbel, to allow women that right.
Opponents of previous proposed amendments argued that the introduction of the law would lead to the naturalization of Palestinian refugees married to Lebanese women which would destabilize the country’s sectarian balance.
Hariri also turned to the Syrian mothers he said were creating the revolution in Syria against President Bashar Assad.
“I would also like to address the mother who is making the revolution in Syria, and anyone who has lost his mother in the uprising of the heroic Syrian people against injustice and tyranny. Let us join hands for freedom and democracy, which protect the rights of every man and woman,” he said.
Hariri extended his best wishes to all the Lebanese mothers, lauding “the martyrs’ mother who gave that which is most precious to her for the defense of her country, the mother of the missing who awaits their return, the mother of the oppressed who seeks their dignity, and every mother struggling for a decent life for her children.”
Since anti-government protests began in Syria, Hariri has been one of the leading Lebanese figures opposing Assad, urging both the Arab and international communities to aid protesters and bring the embattled president's rule to an end.