Montreal, Canada - March 31, 2005

March 2005 - Vol. 19

RCPL March 2005 Newsletter includes the following items:

1.
Explosions target commercial and industrial areas of Beirut
2. Mass demonstrations mark expression of public opinions
3. RCPL's delegation consults with 12 Lebanese NGOs during Lebanon visit
4. FHHRL provides unique internship
5. Blood drives in Montreal


1. Explosions target commercial and industrial areas of Beirut

On Three explosions hit commercial malls and industrial areas in New Jdeideh, Kaslik and Dekwaneh on March 19, 23 and 26. They killed four people and injured 21 other. These explosions happened while the Syrian forces completed the first phase of withdrawal from North Lebanon and Mount Lebanon.

RCPL is concerned about this situation and urges the Lebanese Government to conduct a fair and fast investigation in order to understand whose beside those violence. The Lebanese government should assure a full protection of its people.


2. Mass demonstrations mark expression of public opinions

On March 7, more than 150,000 Lebanese rallied in central Beirut to Cries of "Syria out," three weeks after ex-premier Rafiq Hariri's murder.
On March 8, more than 300.000 Lebanese rallied in central Beirut to defend the role of Damascus in Lebanon.
On March 14, more than one million Lebanese rallied at the grave of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri to mark the one-month anniversary of his assassination and to intensify pressure on Syria to immediately withdraw its troops from Lebanon.
The Lebanese flag was the only flag held by both camp during the rallies.


3. RCPL's delegation consults with 12 Lebanese NGOs during Lebanon visit

RCPL's delegation returned back to Montreal. Delegation's members have discussed the results of the conference that was held on September 18, 2004 with 12 Lebanese NGOs. This trip is supported by the John Holmes Fund of the Department of Foreign Affairs of Canada.


4. FHHRL provides unique internship

The Foundation for Human and Humanitarian Rights (http://www.fhhrl.org) in Lebanon is providing a unique internship that brings the knowledge of human rights theory and practice into a challenging experience.

Benefiting from a thorough human rights course at the university level, interns are expected to use their understanding to conduct practical field work in ongoing human rights issues in Lebanon.

For more information please visit this link: http://www.rcplonline.org/jobs.htm


5. Blood drives in Montreal

Héma-Québec and Lebanese NGOs are holding a Blood drives day in Montreal on April 16, 2005 at:

Saint-Maron Cathedral
10 745 Saint-Charles Street
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

It is important that all healthy people take a few minutes out of their day to contribute to this event and to share their most precious gift: blood.

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