Montréal, Canada - November 30, 2003

November 2003 - Vol. 5

RCPL November 2003 Newsletter includes the following items:

1.
Army should deploy in South Lebanon 
2.
Sfeir promises to help parents of detainees in Syria
3.
Sign the petition to release Lebanese detainees in Syrian prisons 
4.
RCPL launches a scholarship

1. Army should deploy in South Lebanon

On November 3, political aspirant Ahmad Asaad called for the deployment of the army in the South, saying this was the only way to ensure security and safety. He also urged the Syrian government “on behalf of all the free people in the South” to allow the Lebanese army to take control of the situation and to stop what he described as violations.
We join our voice to Mr. Asaad’s voice and we ask the Lebanese government to exert full control over the use of force from its territory, in order to ensure security and safety to all civilians.

2. Sfeir promises to help parents of detainees in Syria

On November 8, the Maronite Patriarch Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir promised that he would do his best to help parents of detainees in Syrian prisons to find more about their sons’ fate.
RCPL is really concerned about this topic and estimates that at least 300 Lebanese detainees are still alive in Syrian prisons. Among them, 58 are detained since 1990, including two monks and 36 soldiers from the Lebanese Army.
RCPL urges the Canadian government to intervene with the Syrian authorities in order to release all Lebanese detainees in Syrian prisons.

3. Sign the petition to release Lebanese detainees in Syrian prisons

A new section has been added to RCPL's website. Please tell your friends to visit 
http://www.rcplonline.org/archives/actions/action.htm and sign a petition asking the United Nations Secretary General and the Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs to pressure the Syrian government, in order to release Lebanese citizens abducted in Lebanon and currently detained in Syrian prisons.



4. RCPL launches a scholarship

RCPL has launched a $500 scholarship to help a graduate student propose practical solutions to reduce corruption in Lebanon. RCPL intends on funding more scholarships in the future in order to develop knowledge and potential capacity building contribution from Canada to Lebanon. Please check our web site for future updates.

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