Laval, Canada - September 25, 2002

Civilians security threatened

RCPL a Canadian non profit organization whose main objectives are to protect human rights and promote democratic values, is deeply concerned by the lack of security for Lebanese citizens. 

On the 24th of September, a car explosion was reported in front of a Mc Donald restaurant in Jounieh-Lebanon. Although the incident didn't cause any injuries, however, it caused a lot of damages to other cars and stores around.
This incident comes after a series of incidents who were taking place lately since May 12th 2002, where an explosion was reported against another American franchise restaurant (Kentuky Fries Chicken, KFC), followed by a series of murders and military clashes such as the kidnapping and assassination of the engineer Ramzi Irani, the murder of 8 civilians in the education ministry, the clashes in Beirut, Baalbeck and Saida …

Such events constitute a real threat to the security of civilians as stated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights article 22 :

" Everyone, as a member of society, has the right to social security and is entitled to realization, through national effort and international co-operation and in accordance with the organization and resources of each State, of the economic, social and cultural rights indispensable for his dignity and the free development of his personality ".

RCPL calls the Lebanese authorities to work seriously to ensure security of all Lebanese citizens by leading honest investigations to unveil people responsible of those murders and incidents and by disarming all armed non governmental groups.

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