March 2005 Newsletter includes the following items:
1. Explosions target
commercial and industrial areas of Beirut
Mass demonstrations mark expression of public opinions
RCPL's delegation consults with 12 Lebanese NGOs during Lebanon visit
FHHRL provides unique internship
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
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
On March 7, more than 150,000 Lebanese rallied in central
Beirut to Cries of "Syria out," three weeks after ex-premier Rafiq
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
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:
5. Blood drives in Montreal
Héma-Québec and Lebanese NGOs are holding a Blood drives day in Montreal
on April 16, 2005 at:
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: