As most of my posts discuss, we have in Lebanon 18 confessions, confessions that are ruling our life, especially everything related to our personal status as divorce, marriage, adoption, inheritance…
More specifically, in Lebanon we are related to our confession rather to the State. It means I can be:
a Shi’ite Lebanese man, a Sunni Lebanese woman, a Maronite Lebanese woman… Am I purely and simply Lebanese?
In my book about the spring of 2005, I was hoping and dreaming about the birth of what I call a National Community.
But this dream seem to be far from reality, my dream is a romantic myth; the reality that rules my life and the life of my friends and other “co-country” friends is different.
The 3 religions ( Jewish, Christian and Islamic) are divided in Lebanon in 18 confessions that are as follows:
The Sunni’s, the Chia3a, the Alawi, the Druze, the Ismaili, the Maronite, The Greek Orthodox, the Syriac orthodox, the Syriac Catholic, The Melkite Catholic, the Nestourian ( Assyrian Orthodox), the Caledonian, the Latin, the Evangelists, the Jewish confessions, and finally the Copts…
Each individual in Lebanon should be registered in one of those confessions.
We are not citizens related and registered directly to our State, but to a confession recognized by the state.
If not, it is difficult for any individual (him or her) to enjoy full citizenship rights.
More over as I have already discussed in earlier posts, most confessions are ruled by their own courts. The rules and regulations of the confessions and courts are usually not harmonious together, and deepen the discrimination and inequality between all citizens…
The Unified Code is a matter of building a country without discrimination, a state to all citizens…
a State of Law!
Can we take action?
A Lebanese Girl!
A Lebanese hoping to be a Citizen equal in my rights to another man or woman in my Country!
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