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Decree on Libyan Women’s Non-Citizen Children Fails Discrimination Test

By Human Rights Watch
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On October 19, the Council of Ministers of the Libyan Government of National Unity (GNU) issued a new Decree stating that non-citizen children of Libyan women would be granted “all rights entitled to Libyan citizens.” The decree mentions access to free education, free medical treatment, and visa-free entry to Libya, but falls short of guaranteeing the right of children of Libyan women to obtain nationality like children of Libyan men on an equal basis. Without Libyan nationality, non-citizen children of Libyan women face difficulties including in obtaining identity documents. Their civil and political…

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