Montreal, Canada - June 30, 2004

June 2004 - Vol. 11

RCPL June 2004 Newsletter includes the following items:

1.
Panel conference with 9 candidates in the Canadian federal elections 
2.
On-going skirmishes between Israel and militants in Lebanon
3. RCPL launches a new $1000 scholarship on women and/or children rights
4. Hizbullah Bars Lebanon's Tourism Minister from Border Citadel

1. Panel conference with 9 candidates in the Canadian federal elections

On June 13, candidates from 5 political parties participated in a panel conference to present how their parties would promote human rights and democracy in Lebanon. Official position of the parties can be found on the RCPL home page (www.rcplonline.org). The parties were unanimous in supporting the implementation of UNSC resolution 520, and calling for more respect of human rights and the free pres in Lebanon.


2. On-going skirmishes between Israel and militants in Lebanon

Israel and Hizbullah exchanged gun fire and rocket attacks. Israel also bombed Palestinian camps. RCPL requests once again that Canadian authorities request that Israel ceases to violate Lebanese airspace and to pressure the Lebanese authorities to disarm all non-governmental movements while deploying in all areas of Lebanon.


3. RCPL launches a new $1000 scholarship on women and/or children rights

On In order to promote research and the advancement of practical solutions, RCPL has launched a new scholarship to support students in the area of promoting women and/or children rights in Lebanon. To submit an application, please visit:
http://www.rcplonline.org/scholarship_S0402_eng.htm


4. Hizbullah Bars Lebanon's Tourism Minister from Border Citadel

Hizballah prevent a Lebanese Minister from entering the Citadel in Southern Lebanon. Canadian authorities should state this as a clear example that the Lebanese government must extend its authority throughout Lebanon.

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