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The Lebanese Woman Is Half Citizen until Further Notice
“Lebanon is a parliamentary democratic republic based on respect for public liberties, especially the freedom of opinion and belief, and respect for social justice and equality of rights and duties among all citizens without discrimination.” This is stipulated in the third clause of the introduction of the Lebanese Constitution which summarizes all great human values such as freedom, rights, justice, and equality. It is further supported by article 7 of the Constitution whereby “All Lebanese are equal before the law. They equally enjoy civil and political rights and equally are bound by public obligations
and duties without any distinction”. However, an observer can describe the situation as follows: Not all Lebanese are equal before the law. Social justice is linked to many cultural, sectarian, class, and social criteria, and there is flagrant discrimination against some groups of citizens and preference for some other groups, with a huge difference in civil
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