By Christine Chamoun
Published January 11, 2017
Source: Open Society Foundations
After fleeing Lebanon’s civil war in 1987, I moved to Sweden, where I spent most of my adolescent life before moving to other countries for my studies and work. It wasn’t until the age of 31 that I found out I would not be able to pass on my Lebanese nationality to my future children—not because I no longer live in Lebanon, but because I am a woman.
Article One of the Lebanese nationality law is very clear: A child is deemed Lebanese if the child is born of a Lebanese father. In other words, the law allows Lebanese men to pass on their nationality to their children and to their non-Lebanese wives, but denies Lebanese women the right to give their nationality to their own children if their husbands are not Lebanese.
By Daniel Howden
Published December 14, 2016
PRAGUE AND BUDAPEST – Agnes Urbanics is happy to talk to strangers as long as they speak quietly. Inside the kindergarten where she works in Letkes, a hamlet near Hungary’s northern border with Slovakia, the children are sleeping. Two dozen Hungarian toddlers are having their afternoon nap in one of the classrooms, while Agnes and her fellow teachers tidy up. There is an obvious pride in the new facility, one of the fruits of Hungary’s membership of the European Union, paid for by the structural funds that flowed with it.
The flags of Hungary and the E.U. form a trinity with the cross that hangs above the entrance. It seems an odd place to celebrate defiance of Brussels, but Letkes was among the areas with the highest voter turnout in the referendum in October called to rally Hungarians against an E.U. plan to distribute some newly arrived refugees among member states.
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