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Centre Libanais des droits humains (CLDH) a pour objectif de rendre accessible à l'opinion publique toute l'information relative au Tribunal Spécial pour le Liban : revue de presse quotidienne en anglais, francais et arabe ; documents onusiens ; rapports, etc...


Lebanese Cabinet Denies Seeking to Alter UN Wording

Daily Star - Lebanese Cabinet Denies Seeking to Alter UN Wording, April 6, 2005

By Nayla Assaf and Khalil Fleihan
Lebanon's Cabinet denied claims it is trying to have the term "terrorist act" removed from a UN Security Council resolution on former Premier Rafik Hariri's assassination. The denial comes hard on the heels of the introduction of a U.S. and French draft resolution, introduced at the Security Council Monday night. The final version of the draft rejected a number of amendments put forward by the Lebanese government. Lebanese Foreign Minister Mahmoud Hammoud said: "This ministry did not tell its delegation in New York to try and strike off the term 'terrorist' from the description of the criminal act that led to the death of Premier Rafik Hariri." Hammoud's comments follow accusations by the country's political opposition that the government attempted to tamper with the draft resolution's terminology in a bid to avoid any future sanctions against Lebanon under current UN terrorist proscriptions. Meanwhile, Security Council President Guangya Wang said a resolution mandating an international probe into Hariri's killing is likely to come out later this week. Wang, China's UN Ambassador and the current council president, said the security council was still debating minor issues such as the duration of the probe, which some members want to see reduced from six months to three.
France, the U.S. and the U.K., who drafted the resolution, rejected Lebanon's call for major involvement in the inquiry. Instead, the recruitment of inspectors by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan will not be subject to Lebanon's approval and the commission will have the authority to determine its own procedures and what role Lebanese authorities will play in the probe. Lebanon had asked for investigators to be given the "right"to interrogate people, rather than the "authority" as demanded by the UN. The government also insisted investigators be allowed to interrogate "officials", instead of "all officials" as the wording of the draft calls for. Both amendments were rejected. But the draft will now include one Lebanese requirement, the endorsement of Annan's opinion "that Lebanon is passing through a sensitive period, that all concerned parties should behave with the utmost restraint and that the future of Lebanon should be decided strictly through peaceful means." The draft resolution is based on the results of a UN fact-finding mission led by Irish police commissioner Peter Fitzgerald which found the Lebanese investigations into Hariri's murder were "flawed."

Background - خلفية

On 13 December 2005 the Government of the Lebanese Republic requested the UN to establish a tribunal of an international character to try all those who are alleged responsible for the attack of 14 february 2005 that killed the former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and 22 others. The United Nations and the Lebanese Republic consequently negotiated an agreement on the establishment of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.

Liens - Links - مواقع ذات صلة

The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, David Schenker , March 30, 2010 . Beirut Spring: The Hariri Tribunal Goes Hunting for Hizballah

Frederic Megret, McGill University, 2008. A special tribunal for Lebanon: the UN Security Council and the emancipation of International Criminal Justice

International Center for Transitional Justice Handbook on the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, April 10, 2008

United Nations
Conférence de presse de Nicolas Michel, 19 Sept 2007
Conférence de presse de Nicolas Michel, 27 Mars 2008

Département d'Etat américain
* 2009 Human Rights report
* 2008 Human Rights report
* 2007 Human Rights report
* 2006 Human Rights report
* 2005 Human Rights report

ICG - International Crisis Group
The Hariri Tribunal: Separate the Political and the Judicial, 19 July, 2007. [Fr]

HCSS - Hague Centre for strategic studies
Hariri, Homicide and the Hague

Human Rights Watch
* Hariri Tribunal can restore faith in law, 11 may 2006
* Letter to Secretary-General Kofi Annan, april 27, 2006

Amnesty International
* STL insufficient without wider action to combat impunity
* Liban : le Tribunal de tous les dangers, mai 2007
* Jeu de mecano

Courrier de l'ACAT - Wadih Al Asmar
Le Tribunal spécial pour le Liban : entre espoir et inquiétude

Georges Corm
La justice penale internationale pour le Liban : bienfait ou malediction?

Nadim Shedadi and Elizabeth Wilmshurt, Chatham House
The Special Tribunal for Lebanon : the UN on Trial?, July 2007

Issam Michael Saliba, Law Library of Congress
International Tribunals, National Crimes and the Hariri Assassination : a novel development in International Criminal Law, June 2007

Mona Yacoubian, Council on Foreign Relations
Linkages between Special UN Tribunal, Lebanon, and Syria, June 1, 2007