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Lebanon: Court Rules Children Have Right to Acquire Citizenship of Mother

(July 20, 2009) In the first decision of its kind in Lebanon, a court of first instance recently issued a judgment giving children of a deceased non-Lebanese father the right to acquire their mother's Lebanese citizenship. The public prosecution office, a party to the case brought by the mother, took a neutral position during the […]

Lebanon: Law Being Drafted on Citizenship Issue

(Mar. 27, 2009) The Woman and Child Committee of the Lebanese Parliament is in the process of debating a draft law to give the children of Lebanese women married to foreigners Lebanese citizenship. However, some members of the Committee want to limit this right and exclude those who are married to Palestinians. (Granting Children of […]

Lebanon: Government Justifies Detention of Officers

(May 2, 2008) On April 15, 2008, the Lebanese government asserted that the arrest of four high-ranking military officers in connection with the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri is legal under Lebanese and international law. The assertion came in response to criticism of the government by the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights […]

Lebanon: New Charges Against Shaker al-Absi

(Mar. 2, 2008) The General Prosecutor in Lebanon has filed charges seeking the death penalty against the leader of Fath al-Islam, Shaker al-Absi, and three others for their role in a bombing last year that resulted in the deaths of three persons. Al-Absi had been sentenced to death in absentia in Jordan in 2002 for […]

Lebanon: Verdict in German Train Bombings

(Jan. 2, 2008) On December 18, 2007, the felonies court in Beirut, Lebanon, issued a verdict in the case brought against five men accused of attempting to bomb German trains in 2006. Yousef al-Haj Deeb, held in Germany, was convicted and sentenced to hard labor for life; Jihad hamad, held in Lebanon, was convicted and […]