“My Nationality is a Right for Me and my Family Campaign”
urges the new government to
reform the nationality law, and endorse a new family law as well as the law petition for the protection from family violence
After more than five months of political toing and froing, an all-male new Cabinet has seen the light. The absence of women from the new Cabinet is indeed a worrying augur as to the continuing tension amongst political patriarchs.
As the appointed government prepares to draft its ministerial statement, “My Nationality is a Right for Me and My Family” Campaign urges the Mikati government to uphold the Lebanese state commitment to ensure equal citizenship through the reform of the currently unjust and discriminatory nationality laws. In the absence of political will, promises made by previous government towards addressing citizens’ rights and entitlements have not been addressed properly and we urge the present Cabinet to ensure that equality and social rights and entitlements are given priority.
We would also urge the incoming government and all the political parties to reflect on the causes of the persistent, endemic and recurring political crisis. It is our view that these crisis can only be address when the confessional system is finally overcome and when a citizens’ state based on equality and rights is built.
The new government could seize the opportunity to do so through ensuring that the reform of the nationality code, as well as the family code and the petition for the protection from family violence are promptly discussed and approved.
The Nationality is a Right for me and my Family Campaign further reiterates that it will pursue its mobilization at all levels and in conjunctions with all actors of civil society given our belief that only a citizen’s state based on equality and rights is a viable and rightful solution.
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