Montréal, Canada - August 31, 2003

August 2003 - Vol. 2

RCPL August 2003 Newsletter includes the following items:

1.
Fundraising activity to raise funds for scholarship
2.
Lebanese anti-corruption activist arrested in Lebanon
3.
Update on the case of Balfour, a Canadian missionary arrested and released in Lebanon
4.
A new fight against corruption in Lebanon
5.
Israel and Hizbullah bikering causes Middle East flare-up
6.
Political opposition representative come under fire

1. Fundraising activity to raise funds for scholarship

RCPL is in the process of fundraising for a scholarship to promote policy research on Lebanon. The scholarship will be launched in the fall of 2003. We have attained 60% of our objective. Donations and support would be appreciated by mailing a cheque payable to RCPL. 
Address: 
Place Élysée C.P. 132
Laval (Quebec), 
Canada, H7W 4K2.

2. Lebanese anti-corruption activist arrested in Lebanon, and released after 21 days

Mohammed Moghrabi, a human rights and anti-corruption activist, was arrested by Lebanese authorities on August 11. Amnesty and Human Rights Watch have called for his immediate release. He has been harrassed continuously by the Lebanese authorities in the past. RCPL urges the Canadian authorities to make a demarche to Lebanese authorities, expressing their concern over such an arrest.
Source:
Naharnet

3. Update on the case of Balfour, a Canadian arrested and released in Lebanon

Mr. Balfour was arrested upon arriving in Beirut on July 10. He was acquitted of spying charges after 54 days in detention and delays in trial. RCPL recommends that Canadian authorities make a demarche to express their concern over the treatment of Bruce Balfour, still accused of inciting sectarian sentiment.
Source:
Globe and Mail

4. A new fight against corruption in Lebanon

Lebanese authorities have once again announced a war against corruption. While past initiative had limited change, RCPL hopes that this new initiative will be more effective. Lebanon is plagued with corruption and RCPL encourages Canadian authorities to fund through existing anti-corruption programs, such as an awareness tutorial targeted to all students in the public system.

5. Israel and Hizbullah bikering causes Middle East flare-up

Israel continues to violate Lebanese airspace and Hizbullah responds with missile attacks. Canadian authorities should pressure the United Nations to condemn Israeli airspace incursions over Lebanon as well as a resolution requesting the disarmament of all non-governmental groups in Lebanon, including Hizbullah.
Source:
Naharnet

6. Political opposition representative come under gunfire

Parliamentary members from opposition parties came under gunfire by Lebanese security agents. RCPL was shocked by such an incident, and requests that Lebanese authorities conduct a fair investigation and punish the perpetrators.
Source:
Naharnet

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