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Iran grants citizenship to children born to Iranian mothers and non-Iranian fathers


The Iranian Parliament ratified on May 12 the outlines of a draft nationality law sanctioning the conferral of citizenship to children of Iranian mothers married to non-Iranians. The bill was adopted by 188 votes in favor, 20 votes against and 3 abstentions. This is pending the endorsement by the Guardian Council (GC), the amendment of Article 976 of the Civil Code, which currently allows the transfer of nationality to children from mixed marriages, only if the father was Iranian. Noting that thousands of children born in Iran are not recognized as Iranian citizens, specifically those born from Afghan fathers and Iranian mothers, a fact that has sparked a social controversy for quite some time now. (Anadolu Agency, Iran International, May 13, 2019)

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