Posts Tagged ‘Communaute’

Beirut – In recent days, the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli has been the site of highly publicised clashes between diverse political and sectarian groups. However while this small minority battles, the majority of Lebanese citizens are standing up against violence – both online and on the ground.
Soon after the clashes began, Lebanese civil society activists condemned the spread of violence through Facebook, Twitter and blogs. Their calls for national unity and to disarm the city circulated online in record time. Building on this public support, activists created new social media pages – many of which gathered over a thousand members.
These ordinary Lebanese citizens are standing up to show that they reject violence, that they are organising to stop it and that, ultimately, they refuse to be silent.
The Facebook group “Tripoli without weapons!” posted an appeal to local and national authorities that read, “. . . We are citizens who condemn the proliferation of weapons in the neighbourhoods and streets of our city Tripoli. We implore the state and all political, executive, security and military authorities to take whatever steps necessary to rid Tripoli of the weapons circulating through it. Yes to a weapon-free Tripoli! “.
Following this appeal, many key individuals declared a city-wide strike to protest the violence that had claimed several lives, and held a demonstration in front of Tripoli’s public administration offices to raise awareness of their cause.
Demonstrators waved Lebanese flags, sang the national anthem and demanded an immediate response to the city’s problems of rampant poverty and a lack of security, which are seen as interrelated. They called on the state to provide better security and reiterated the need for street militias to disarm. The non-violent protest brought together the President of the Municipal Council, members of parliament from the region, as well as leaders from all faith groups and other members of civil society. Their message was clear: Lebanon needs to return to the rule of law and provide security for all, throughout the country.
With the sectarian strife dividing Tripoli, and fearing that the country as a whole is heading once more towards violence, other civil society activists responded quickly through multiple initiatives, this time in Beirut. Online, youth showed their patriotism with pictures they created in response to the situation, with captions that read: “Neither Sunni nor Shiite, nor Christian, nor Druze, but Lebanese.”
“Our union is our salvation” was another slogan activists displayed on the steps of the National Museum in Beirut, where white chairs with the names of victims of the recent violence, unnamed chairs with Lebanese flags, and a large sign reading “That’s enough!” all begged for a return to peace.
In addition, scholars formed online groups to say no to war in Lebanon. The Third Voice for Lebanon is one example of a non-partisan, non-denominational and apolitical grassroots online group which publishes and circulates texts that protest violence and cronyism, as well as the recruitment and the indoctrination of children into militias and extremist groups. It uses peaceful demonstrations in Lebanon and overseas to say no to violence and yes to peace.
Lebanese civil society is calling upon the state to take firm action against violence and the circulation of weapons in poor areas by establishing security and supporting sustainable development that can help end the poverty that drives violence. The hurdles Lebanon faces now are very real. But these collective actions by Lebanon’s diverse, multifaceted civil society demonstrate hope.
* Rita Chemaly is a writer and researcher in social and political science and author of the book Spring 2005 in Lebanon, between Myth and Reality. She won the Samir Kassir Award for Freedom of the Press in 2007 and blogs at www.ritachemaly.wordpress.com. This article was written for the Common Ground News Service (CGNews).
Source: Common Ground News Service (CGNews), 26 June 2012, http://www.commongroundnews.org/article.php?id=31597&lan=en&sp=0

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yesterday coming back from a beautiful sunny day on the beach, I watch the TV at night, to see that “schools and university should close”, 5 minutes later, after this information went viral on all TV stations and radios, the minister sent a denial, the schools and universities are not closed”;

It took me 3 seconds to remember that in Lebanon, closing schools is “not good at all”, that means something “Serious” happened;

watching Men El Ekhir , and zapping to New TV,  the news finally broke, clashes in Tripoli, Naameh, Burning tyres, Death of a Cheikh in Akkar, … the news smelt rotten, disgusting and more disgusting (and as the users of Twitter say #TFEH ) when the clashes began in Tariq el Jdideh in Beirut “rifles, rockets” “sawarikh” near the Arab University of Beirut … again TFEH…. Disgusting news for my “beloved” country.

Are those Sectarian clashes based on Political affiliations, to some “rotten” leaders? Or clashes based on the tensions and the crisis in Syria? no one knows…. as Imad says, some are swearing that some “Movements” do not have anything to do with the clashes that happened yesterday… others repeat from “informed sources” that those were Future affiliated pple on the streets…

the hole picture for me is disgusting, when someone dies, because the army has shot dead a cheikh, it is not the stability of the country that must be shaken, but the judiciary power, they must work as hard as they can to discover the “truth nothing but the truth”. Investigations must be kept far from politics, and if there is a fault, the judges should punish the perpetrators.

the bright part after the clashes is the web users activism online, some being cynical, others using black humor, others actively campaigning for the civil peace… here is a snapshot of the pictures going viral on the web scene…

Lebanon boils after sheikh killing

Clashes in Beirut end, 3 dead

at the end, as a symbolic action to refuse this violence circle, Join the movement for peace, at 6 pm at Martyr Square, Downtown Beirut.

Rita Chemaly

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Today, Tuesday, April the 3rd 2012, the Jinsiyati Campaign in Lebanon, lobbying for women to be able to transmit their Lebanese nationality for their children and families,  is organising a Sit in in front of the Grand Serail( Saraya), Riad el Solh Square at 10:30 ( while the Council of Ministers is meeting) to ask the governmental Committee in charge of working on the nationality law to:

– Indicate a clear timeline within which the committee will be working and assume agreeing on the draft law;

– Share the Terms of Reference of the Committee (  what are their sources, what are their info);

– Include civil society organisations in the process of the discussions ( the importance of consulting civil society organisations campaigning and working on this right since more than 10 years is a must, they know the cases, the numbers, the obstacles and hindrances as well as the citizen’s expectations);

– and last but not least, take into consideration our demands for FULL CITIZENSHIP RIGHTS for women without any conditions ( women should transmit their nationality to their families, the Lebanese Constitution has clearly stipulated that all citizens are equal) ;

The banners of the peaceful collective action of today are clear:

Transmitting the nationality is a Right , this is not the Settlement of Palestinians,

Nationality is a right for women in the state of Rights and laws

the nationality law of 1925 is old and need to be amended ASAP!!!

Rita Chemaly,

The nationality law is so old that it is part of our "tourath"

N'enterrez pas la Loi sur la Nationalite dans un de vos tirroirs ou comites!


the woman's right to transmit her nationality is not naturalisation or settlement!

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Sit-In on Tuesday April 3 by the Jinsiyati Campaign in front of the Grand Sérail During governmental session… Join us!

Lebanese Women’s Right to Nationality and Full Citizenship:

Tuesday, April the 3rd 2012 , the Jinsiyati Campaign is organising a Sit in in front of the Grand Serail,  Riad el Solh Square at 10:30 am to ask the governmental Committee in charge of working on the nationality draft law to:
– Indicate a clear timeline according within which the committee will be working;
– Share the Terms of References of the Committee;
– Include civil society organizations in the process;
-And last but not least, take into consideration our demands for FULL CITIZENSHIP RIGHTS for women without any conditions.
– Tweet, using the #Jinsiyati hashtag
– Share the event and your stories with regards to citizenship rights on your FB Profile and on this page
– Write on your blog about the issue;
We can do it!

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en lisant le statut de mon ami Karim, il me pousse a lire un article paru aujourd’hui dans les journaux libanais:

l’article de l’Orient le Jour: Chez les antonins à Baabda, le défi sectaire

L’article du Annahar: الأنطونية دَعَت لاحترام خصوصيتها والتزام أنظمتها وقوانينها
طلاب “حزب الله” افترشوا الأرض للصلاة في حرم بعبدا

Halla’ la wayn a la Nadine Labaki, on va vers ou/ quoi? une situation communautaire, pire sectaire qui enclenche des Assabiyas ( au sens Khaldounien) infertiles dans un Liban ou la pluralite et la diversite et le respect des autres est un must.

comme solution a cela,  je ne pense qu’a une chambre coupee en deux ou 18 parties  (Un tabouleh si vous preferez), a cte des universites, pour que chacun puisse prier ou pas le Dieu qu’il/elle veut ou invoque ou frustre!

Rita Chemaly

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بمناسبة اليوم المرأة العالمي

ينظّم تجمع هيئات نسائية وشبابية ومدنية

مسيرة وطنية من أجل

“تحقيق المساواة والمواطنة الكاملة للنساء”

الإنطلاق : من البربير نحو السراي الحكومي، مروراً بالبسطة

الزمان : يوم الأحد الموافق 25 آذار بين الساعة 12.00 والساعة 1.00 ظهراً


إدعموا مطالب النساء والمجتمع المدني في لبنان:

1.  إستحداث قانون مدني إختياري للأحوال الشخصية.

2.  حق المرأة اللبنانية في منح الجنسية لأسرتها.

3.  تجريم العنف ضد النساء والفتيات.

4.  اقرار الكوتا النسائية بنسبة 33% على الأقل في كافة مواقع صنع القرار.

5.  إصلاح القانون الإنتخابي وإعتماد النظام النسبي .

6.  إقرار الحقوق المدنية والإقتصادية والإجتماعية للاجئات الفلسطينيات في لبنان.

7.  حماية امن النساء وتعزيز دورهن في ترسيخ السلم الأهلي.

8.  إلغاء التمييز ضد النساء في قانون العقوبات اللبناني.

9.  المساواة بين الجنسين في قانون العمل والضمان الإجتماعي وحقوق الأمومة.

10.       المساواة بين الجنسين في النظام الضريبي.

الهيئات والجهات الداعمة :


1.      التجمّع النسائي الديمقراطي اللبناني

2.      اللجنة الأهلية لمتابعة قضايا المرأة

3.   مؤسسة  أبعاد

4.      مركز الخيام لمناهضة العنف والتعذيب

5.      الجمعية اللبنانية من اجل ديمقراطية الإنتخابات

6.      الهيئة اللبنانية لمناهضة العنف ضد المرأة

7.      رابطة المرأة العاملة في لبنان

8.      جمعية النجدة الإجتماعية

9.      جمعية المساعدات الشعبية النروجية

10.  مجموعة نسوية

11.  عدل بلا حدود

12.  المنظمة الفلسطينية لحقوق الإنسان

13.  مركز الشراكة للتنمية والديمقراطية

14.  لجنة حقوق المرأة اللبنانية


16.  الإتحاد العام للمرأة الفلسطينية في لبنان

17.  الشبكة العربية للمنظمات غير الحكومية للتنمية

18.  كفى عنف وإستغلال

19.  الإتحاد النسائي التقدمي

20.  مجموعة البحاث والتدريب للعمل التنموي – CRTD

21.  الجمعية اللبنانية للسلم الأهلي الدائم

22.  تجمع وحدتنا خلاصنا

23.  جمعية مهارات

24.  المركز اللبناني للتربية المدنية

25.  متطوعون بلا حدود

26.  الحركة العالمية للإمهات – لبنان

27. مؤسسة عامل الدولية

28. تجمع الهيئات الأهلية التطوعية في لبنان

29. شمل (شباب مواطنون لاعنفيون لا طائفيون)

30. الهيئة اللبنانية للحقوق المدنية

31. منتدى التنمية والثقافة والحوار

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a campaign by individual users to help keeping our internet safe and, keep hands off the internet freedom in Lebanon;

Dangerously,  and for the second year, Lebanese officials try to censor the internet sphere by laws;


to know more a great post by zeina http://zeinactivism.blogspot.com/#!/2012/03/all-you-need-to-know-about-lira.html

and http://josephchoufani.blogspot.com/2012/03/stop-daouka-lebanese-internet.html

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