Posts Tagged ‘laws’

The National Commission for Lebanese Women, that is a National machinery affiliated to the Presidency of the Council of Ministers , has prepared a Draft law aiming at Helping Women to be Candidates and Win the elections for the municipalities.

The municipalities elections in Lebanon are a family and neighbors issue. The Women who want to be candidate needs to be registered as a condition in the registry of the Municipality. “sejjel kayd”.

The discrimination appears in article 25, of the current Municipality law, in which a Women will loose all her links to the family, and networks that she has created in her municipality of origins ” sejil kaydiha el assassi”  if she gets married, as she is directly and without asking taken down from the registry of origin and enlisted in the registry of her “Husband”.

For me, it is a PATRIARCHAL SOCIETY in which a Women is the PROPRIETY of her FATHER until Marriage, after MARRIAGE, SHE IS THE PROPRIETY OF HER HUSBAND;

regardless my point of view of how the laws in LEBANON discriminate against women in the texts and make her directly affiliated to a MAN (the father or husband) , the new draft law is  a new step forward for women’s rights in Lebanon. this is done through this draft law amendment registered at the Parliament by the Active MP Ghassan Mukahiber, on the 11/4/2016 under registry number 168/2016,

as a Practical example, I as a married women from Achkout/Kesrwan , can be candidate after my marriage in Achkout if I wish ! Because in the Municipality of my Husband which is Deir Dourit/Chouf, no one have ever heard of me! 🙂 unlike Achkout, where all my activism, links, are tight 🙂

apart from this personal example, and for this,

 I am now asking ALL MPS (the reconducted oops! ) (another polemique here hein? ) to LEGIFERATE and VOTE and ratify this NEW amendment PRIOR TO THE 2016 MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS!

WE AS WOMEN need IT!!!!  WE still fight for our rights in municipalities : a change of the law is a must!

Rita Chemaly

here is the text of the law amendment as presented to the parliament by Ghassan Mokhaiber.

here is the link to the Press release covered by our National News Agency! http://nna-leb.gov.lb/ar/show-news/216377/ 


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to all those who are waiting for the maternity leave period extension to take effect ,

after the vote in the General Assembly of the Parliament,

it was finally published in the Official Gazette Number 17 of april 22 2014 pages 1119 and 1120.

Women, Mothers, and families enjoy your 10 weeks  fully paid maternity leave!!!


Rita Chemaly

here is a snapshot of the laws as they were published in the official gazetteImage



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Finally a big compilation work was done and published and released!! All legislation related to women ( prepared, drafted, amended ) was compiled and categorised and published in one document.

Finally constituents can now ask their Member of Parliament of the status of each legislation that has not been studied neither voted!

Finally we Lebanese citizens can now know Which Member of Parliament has presented which law, draft law or project law.

the big data collection was undertaken by the NCLW and published in 2013. the compilation is available online for download at the E-portal Publication center http://e-portal.nclw.org.lb/getattachment/bfc56361-71c6-47b8-abf6-f342a330bc58/legal-study-final-PDF.pdf.aspx

For the researchers and activists and other interested in the topics here is a snapshot of the table of content :

For the others here is the pdf file you can download from here to : Legislation law draft law proposal related to women rights in Lebanon 2000 2013

 rita chemaly



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Finally a lebanese restaurant has understood the importance of the law banning smoking in closed public spheres!! …

PEPE restaurant Do not Offer CHICHA/ Arguileh in Byblos

Article about the law endorsed by the Daily Star:

Lebanon bans smoking in public places

BEIRUT: Lebanon’s Parliament Wednesday endorsed a law banning smoking in all  enclosed public places, including restaurants, bars, cafes and offices.

The law was presented for vote with an amendment that would see owners of  businesses fined if they fail to prevent their costumers smoking, and will also  fine individuals who violate the ban.

Under the new law tobacco advertising and promotion will be illegal,  including billboards, magazine advertisements and tobacco company sponsorship of  events and concerts. The bill also calls for a pictorial warning of the dangers  of smoking covering 40 percent of each pack.

The law also makes smoking onboard planes illegal.

Hotels are allowed to set aside 10 to 20 percent of their room for  smokers.

Companies now have a set period in which to implement the new policies.

Lebanon has been obligated to pass tobacco control legislation since the  World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, which the  country signed, entered into force in 2005

Also set to be considered Wednesday is a draft law which would equalize  marriage discounts for working men and women who pay income tax. Currently,  married women receive less of a discount on their income tax than married  men.

A draft law which would give compensation to ex-detainees of Syrian prisons  is also on the table, as is legislation that would bump up the employment status  and pay grade of employees and retirees of the Ministry of  Telecommunications.

Read more:  http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Politics/2011/Aug-17/New-law-bans-smoking-in-public-places.ashx#ixzz1mYBIug6H (The Daily Star :: Lebanon News ::  http://www.dailystar.com.lb)

Article published on the Union for international Cancer Control


Lebanese parliament approves smoking ban in closed public places

A new victory for civil society Lebanese parliament approves smoking ban in closed public places.

Beirut, 17 August 2011: Two years after starting its campaign to prevent smoking in closed public places; the coalition formed by IndyACT, Tobacco Free Initiative (TFI) and the Tobacco Control Research Group in the American University of Beirut congratulated all Lebanese on the adoption of the tobacco control law during the Lebanese parliament meeting today.

The parliament has included the tobacco control draft law on its last agenda after a this coalition of civic organizations carried out a long campaign to achieve this result. During this campaign, tobacco companies constantly tried to influence the law by either delaying its adoption or by trying to weaken its content. Nevertheless, IndyACT and its allies were successfully able to prevent the intervention of these companies after making several direct actions on the matter.

Commenting on the adoption of the law, IndyACT Executive Director, Wael Hmaidan, said: “Today the parliament proved that it is out of its paralysis, and is now able to formulate and pass fair laws that protect citizens; this gives the Lebanese a ray of hope that the legislative process can return to its normal course after a long absence”.

In the period before the law was passed, the coalition worked for months with MPs to discuss the gaps that existed in early versions of this law. Now, the law contains many good provisions. The most important of which are: complete ban on in all closed public places such as restaurants, cafes and public transport; preventing all tobacco companies from conducting any kind of ad campaigns or sponsorship for their products; and placing a warning that covers 40% of cigarette packs. The gap that the coalition was able to modify in the last minute was to impose a fine on the owners of closed public places in the event of having someone smoking tobacco in them, as well as fining the smoker himself/herself. “Lebanese can be proud of this law which is considered progressive compared to the existing laws around the world; many told us that this achievement is impossible in Lebanon, but nothing is impossible, if you believe in change and work relentlessly for it”, said Rania Baroud from TFI.

The law gave the owners of tourist establishments and restaurants a whole year to prepare and adapt to the upcoming ban on smoking in closed spaces. During this time,

the coalition will carry out a campaign to make sure the law is implemented in a serious manner. “One of the urgent issues that the Minister of Health should work on is having a decree on pictorial health warnings on cigarette packs, owing to the effectiveness of these warning as shown by a number of studies and research around the world”, said Doctor Rima from the American University of Beirut. This law has the potential to enormously reduce health costs for the government and the citizen. Lebanon is losing more than $50 million annually from treating smoke related diseases, and more than 3000 Lebanese die each year due to smoking.

                    IndyACT – The League of Independent Activists, 17 August 2011

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I just read this text from zoya explaining the pro and cons of the new anti-trafficking law passed by the Lebanese Parliament in August 2011.

I re-posting it… While hoping for a more comprehensive law to be passed , helping the victims, while Punishing IN Time the perpetrators!

For you to understand what I’m “lattiching” at please feel free to read the post of zoya:


Approval of Anti-Trafficking Legislation by the Lebanese Parliament



On Thursday, August 4, 2011, the Lebanese Parliament passed an anti-trafficking law that would amend the Lebanese penal code and criminal procedures to specifically address the crime of trafficking in persons. The new law provides a clear definition of trafficking, defines victims of trafficking, and sets penalties for traffickers.


Several local and international NGOs – KAFA (enough) Violence & Exploitation, ALEF- Act for Human Rights, Caritas Migrant Center, Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights, World Vision- submitted a series of recommendations on the draft law to decision-makers and lobbied Parliamentarians to make the law more comprehensive and in-line with international standards. Many of these recommendations were accepted and subsequently incorporated into the final approved law.


However, this group of NGOs points to several weaknesses of the new legislation that the group tried to convey during its advocacy efforts; in particular, the law focuses solely on punishment rather than legislation that comprehensively tackles the problem of trafficking through prevention, prosecution and protection.  In addition, the victim can be arrested till the penalties occur, and this procedure can take months and years some time. Migrant workers and refugees are the most vulnerable to such risk. Moreover the burden of proof is on the victim to demonstrate he/she is a victim, which is difficult to do for individuals in trafficking situations and leaves the possibility of detention and prosecution of the victim under Lebanese law for crimes committed during the trafficking situation (such as his/her illegal entry or residence in Lebanon or involvement in unlawful acts as a direct consequence of his/her situation as trafficked persons). Thus, the law fails to uphold international standards in terms of non-liability and punishment of the victims. Further, there are no specific provisions in the law addressing the special protection needs of child victims.


The group of NGOs recognizes that this is a first step forward but also expresses the need for a clear process around the implementation of this new law, including the development of protocols and guidelines. It also urges for the establishment of a national coordinating body and action plan to develop mechanisms among the different Ministries and with civil society to be able to prevent and address human trafficking in Lebanon.


In the 2011 Trafficking in Persons Report issued by the U.S. Department of State, Lebanon was downgraded to Tier 3, its lowest ranking since the report began ten years ago. The report identified Lebanon as a source and destination country for trafficking of persons for forced labor and sexual exploitation. It particularly pointed to trafficking of foreign domestic workers and women entering Lebanon under the artiste visa for employment in entertainment agencies. The report also highlighted the Government’s lack of initiative on combating trafficking in persons and protecting victims.  


Zoya J. Rouhana, Director

KAFA (enough) Violence & Exploitation
Website: http://www.kafa.org.lb

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