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Conflict Incident Report

Joint protest against sectarian quotas outside Baabda Palace

Date of incident: 
February 6, 2018
Death toll: 
Number of Injured: 
Actors/Parties Involved: 
Lebanese Civilians

Groups held a joint protest outside the presidential Baabda Palace, where the President, Speaker and Prime Minister met concurrently.

The various groups included the committee following up with successful applicants for Lebanon’s civil service, the IT staff of the Ministry of Agriculture, accountants in public administrations and secondary school teachers. They held a common protest demanding their ‘fair share’ outside of sectarian quotas.

Despite passing the requisite Civil Service Council exams, these applicants – though eligible for work – remain unemployed, with politicians citing the need for a sectarian balance between Christians and Muslims in the civil service as reason for the delay.

“We are demanding the three officials today find a quick solution, implement the law and constitution, and respect Article 95 which fosters the principle of merit, not favoritism, payment of bribes and sectarianism,” a statement released on behalf of protesters said, according to a report by the state-run National News Agency.

Primary category: 
Collective Action [inc. protests, solidarity movements...]
Classification of conflict (primary): 
Policy conflicts
Conflicts associated with political decisions, government or state policies regarding matters of public concern, such as debates concerning law reforms, electoral laws, and protests of the government’s political decisions, among others.
Classification of conflict(secondary):
Conflicts of social discrimination
Violent and unjust treatment of different categories of people and individuals based on race, age, gender or sexuality, committed by the State, groups and individuals, related to a lack of protection and rights, inefficiency of the Justice system and persisting social and economic vulnerabilities.