Parliamentary elections of 2009 and the year 2008 in review. The evenings of tuesday and Wednesday, April 7/8 marked the last day to register as a candidate for the Lebanese Parliamentary Elections scheduled on Sunday June 7, 2009. The first candidate to register was Ali Badri Dandash (Shia'a seats allocated to Baalbak and Hermel district) and the last candidate was Mazhar Muhamad Osman (Sunniseats allocated to Minieh and Daniya district). The total number of candidates is 702.
Events and experiences over the past years have confirmed that Lebanon is not a "country" in the legal and political context of the term but an "agreement" between 18 confessions to live on one land and find an appropriate framework (the state) to deal with their differences. If they respect this agreement, peace and prosperity are established; but if they fail to comply with it, wars and crises erupt. Understanding Lebanon's different confessions is a necessity to get to know the country's reality with its wars, conflicts and accords.
In the previous issue, Information International surveyed the opinion of the Lebanes on various issues, namely their political belonging, their position toward Hizbullah's arms and rearmament of political parties, their most preferred candidates for presidency and premiership, as well as the party behind assassinations and explosions. In this article, Ii Monthly presents the opinions of the Lebanese about foreign ambassadors' role in internal affairs, their most favorite za'im, emigration and many other issues.
This publication is a compilation of reports prepared by group of civil society organizations in light of the review of Lebanon under the first-cycle of Universal Periodic Review(2010). The organizations are mentioned inside the publication according to the report they participated in preparing or supporting. The universal periodic review is one of the new mechanisms adopted by the United Nations to examine the commitment of states in implementing international covenants and conventions concerned with human rights.
Executive summary of a survey conducted by UNICEF. Objectives of the study: - To assess the magnitude of the problem of violence at home, in schools, in institutions and in the neighborhood of camp environment. - To explore violence perpetrated in the domestic sphere which targets women and children and exists as a powerful tool of oppression. - To profile attitudes and practices of violence among target population. - To explore relationship between violence and a set of socioeconomic and demographic correlates.
In 2002 the Lebanese Physically Handicapped Union (LPHU) conducted a study of 200 graduates of institutions for disabled people, to find out if institutions help disabled people enjoy their rights in the areas of education and employment, as set out in Lebanon’s laws on disability rights and education law. It looked at the experience of 200 graduates of institutions for disabled people, aged between 14 and 40. Special institutions for disabled children are common in Lebanon, although local and international evidence indicates that these institutions undermine children’s rights.
The Assessment of Psychosocial Needs of Iraqis Displaced in Jordan and Lebanon was conducted between November 2007 and January 2008, with the aim to assess the mental health and psychosocial needs of Iraqis displaced in Jordan and Lebanon, to investigate the provision of services available to them, and plan interventions addressing their needs.
The project aimed at mapping living conditions among Palestinian refugees living in camps in Lebanon or in areas locally called "gatherings". The Palestinian Authority wanted such information in order to obtain a more complete picture of the conditions under which the refugees were living in the various host countries in the Middle East. The Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) in Damascus was Fafo's partner on the project and conducted the interviews in the field. The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) financed the project.
Municipal elections in Lebanon are scheduled for Spring/Summer 2010. The current electoral system used for electing members of municipal councils is known as the ‘bloc vote’ system, the same as is used for parliamentary elections in Lebanon; however, no municipal council seats are reserved for any different confessional groups. Political and public debate has now begun to focus on the possibility of introducing an alternative electoral system for municipal elections.
This report is the result of an assessment undertaken by the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) from March 28. to June 27, 2005 in Lebanon. The assessment was supported financially by the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO). The assessment assessed humanitarian and protection needs of Palestinian refugees living in gatherings (non-UNRWA camps) in Lebanon. 56 potential gatherings were visited during the mission, and 17 of these were assessed to fall outside the set criteria, leaving 39 gatherings for further studies.