Ziad Baroud takes one step further in reducing discrimination
In a move, furthering his more progressive position, Ziad Baroud, Interior Minister of Lebanon, announced on Wednesday that Lebanese citizens will now have the option of removing their religion from their status register, locally known as ‘Noufous’.
Citing, The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and Article 9 of the Lebanese Constitution, Minister Baroud is taking steps to ensure that people’s relationships with God, will no longer be the business of government. Although this move initially only removes reference to one’s religion, the aim is to remove religious law altogether, and reach a civil law which will apply to all citizens, leaving religion a personal matter.
In a country where sectarianism is so ingrained, it will be interesting to see how many Lebanese will actually take advantage of this opportunity.
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