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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...


July 17, 2010 - Now Lebanon - Marouni: Kataeb keen for STL to issue indictment

Kataeb bloc MP Elie Marouni told LBCI television on Saturday that the Kataeb is keen for the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) to issue its indictment, adding that Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah’s speech on Friday aimed to pressure the tribunal’s judges.

This comes after Nasrallah said on Friday that an indictment by the STL is an Israeli project designed to target Hezbollah by stirring up sectarian strife in Lebanon.

Marouni also said that if an international body such as the STL is an Israeli project, then all countries must be Tel Aviv’s agents. “If those who approved of the STL are Israeli spies, then why does [Hezbollah] has representatives in the parliament and cabinet?” he asked.

The MP also criticized Hezbollah’s communication network, saying that Lebanon is the only country in the world with a communication network independent of the government.

Marouni also slammed Change and Reform bloc leader MP Michel Aoun’s statement that there are military groups in Lebanon—especially among the Christians—whose actions might lead to an internal conflict. He said that Aoun’s words target the Lebanese Forces and Kataeb Party, calling on Aoun to present to authorities proof of his claims.

Marouni added that if Israel counts on the STL indictment to cause an internal conflict, then only an armed party can fulfill its wish, possibly referring to Hezbollah.

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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