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General Security has been demanding that foreign male students pledge not to marry or have any "binding" relations with Lebanese women for them to secure a student visa, a recent report by local legal rights group Legal Agenda alleges. The report cites several examples of the practice, and official stamps are displayed on one of the forms shown in the report. One man, who signed such a pledge, told Legal Agenda that General Security asked him to go to a notary and make the promise.The documents are prepared by Lebanese notaries at the request of the signatory, two Lebanese notaries told Legal Agenda and confirmed that there is no official circular backing the practice.Ghida Frangieh, an attorney who works with Legal Agenda, was quoted in the report saying that the pledge had no legal value.
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