Iran allows women to pass citizenship to children

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 Iran's Guardians Council has adopted a legal amendment allowing Iranian women married to foreigners to pass on their nationality to their offspring, RFE/RL reports.

Abbas Ali Kadkhodaei, spokesman for the constitutional body, announced the move on October 2, more than four months the measure was approved by parliament.

The Guardians Council, which vets legislation passed by lawmakers for compliance with the constitution, had rejected two previous texts of the bill.

Human rights activists have long called for the reform of Iran’s "discriminatory" citizenship law, saying it could help thousands of children living in legal limbo in the country.

The amendment allows Iranian women married to men with foreign nationality to request Iranian citizenship for their children.

It still requires the Intelligence Ministry and the Intelligence Organization of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) to certify that there is no "security concern" before Iranian citizenship can be granted.

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