Human Rights Watch issued a statement to respond to Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil’s controversial tweet on the nationality law and stated that the foreign minister’s remarks “undermine efforts to reform a discriminatory nationality law that is incompatible with Lebanon’s human rights obligations”.

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Some even labeled Bassil’s comments as being racist and sectarian. Personally speaking, I can’t follow his logic as to why Lebanese men are allowed to pass the nationality why Lebanese women can’t, and I am all for putting stricter rules to obtain the Lebanese Nationality but to exclude Palestinians and Syrians is wrong.

In response to Lebanon’s Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil’s expression of support for excluding Lebanese women who marry Syrians or Palestinians from passing on citizenship to their spouses and children, Lama Fakih, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch, said:

“In singling out women who marry Syrians and Palestinians, the foreign minister’s remarks undermine efforts to reform a discriminatory nationality law that is incompatible with Lebanon’s human rights obligations,” said Lama Fakih, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “It’s well past time for Lebanon to amend the law to guarantee all Lebanese women the basic right to pass on their nationality.”

On a less serious note, who the hell comes up with these AJ+ videos? LOL!

Lebanese Women’s Right to Nationality and Full Citizenship summed up in one picture

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