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April 16, 2014

NNA - Workshop on people with no ID at Ministry of Information, April 16, 2014

The Ministry of Information inaugurated on Tuesday a workshop for journalists on the Lebanese children with no documents of identification, under the auspices of Minister Ramzi Jreij, organized by the committee responsible for handling the status of people with no ID and World Vision, in presence of the Ministry's Director General Hassan Falha, Director of Lebanon Radio Mohammad Ibrahim, Narional News Agency Director Laure Sleiman Saab, and others.

"It is certain that belonging to the society yet with no ID is an incomplete belonging that does not grant the individual their rights as citizens," the Minister said in a word he delivered on the occasion.

This is a very important case on both the humanitarian and legal levels, he added.

Attributing the reason why this plight is still unsolved, Jreij underscored the long-aged political polarization over settlement and naturalization issues. He corroborated that this dossier required the state to recognize the rights of a "marginalized" and "neglected" social category.

"Today, I stand before you to address three messages, one to media, a second to jurists, and a third to every individual in the society who believe in social justice," he said.

He went on to say that media in that respect had a major role that completed the legal and legislative work, through intensive awareness campaigns among administrations, institutions, associations, and the society components.

He continued that there must be a culture of respecting others regardless of their social status.

He also called for spreading awareness among society members and parents, urging Lebanese expatriates worldwide not to be lenient in terms of registrating their children before consulates or embassies.

The Minister did not fail to renew condolences on the martyrdom of al-Manar reporter and his two colleagues, saying, "Now they joined the queue of the press martyrs who gave their lives on the altar of the free word."

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