The rights of children of Libyan women married to foreigners

Published: 2/Mar/2023
Source: Defender Center for Human Rights (France)

National Unity Government Decree No. 209 of 2022 and its impact on the legal status of children of Libyan women married to foreigners

By Khadija Elboaishi

Resolution No. 209 of 2022 was recently issued by the Presidency of the Government of National Unity regarding granting the sons and daughters of Libyan women married to foreigners all citizenship rights. This decision had a mixed reception with some expressed their delight as they regraded this decision as significant human rights achievement, and others who were sceptical about the timing of issuance of the decision and the intentions of behind it. This revives the debate regarding the legal implications of this decision and its impact on the legal status of sons and daughters of Libyan women married to foreigners, and whether these children should have the same rights as the children of Libyan men who enjoy the right to pass on their nationality to their children without restriction or condition.

To discuss the legal implications of this decision on the legal status of the sons and daughters of Libyan women married to foreigners, this article will address the issue in terms of the legal basis regulating the nationality bond in Libya, and what are the basis of which foreign nationals are determined, followed by a review of some laws that limit the enjoyment of Libyan nationality. Further, we will study the legal effects of the decision issued by the Government of National Unity on the status of the sons and daughters of Libyan women married to foreigners in terms of their enjoyment of citizenship rights, all of which will be in the light of legislation of the Libyan national laws and regulations and perusal of the relevant international human rights conventions.

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Themes: Discrimination, Sexuelle
Regions: Libéria
Year: 2023