Montreal, Canada - May 23, 2005

Election in Lebanon and detainees in Syria


1. RCPL welcomes Canada's decision to send a team of observers to monitor Lebanon's parliamentary elections this summer. As RCPL made clear in our meeting at the Department of Foreign Affairs, Canada's support will contribute to ensuring that Lebanon's elections are free and fair. RCPL views this development as a positive sign of Canada's commitment to democracy in Lebanon.

2. RCPL hails the participation of community members and organizations in the workshop held by RCPL on May 12, aimed at raising awareness about the plight of Lebanese detainees in Syrian prisons. Please sign the petition, launched by RCPL and Amnesty International, demanding that Syria release its Lebanese prisoners


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