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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...


August 11, 2010 - ILoubnan - Zahra: Hezbollah is trying to undermine the Special Tribunal

BEIRUT - Lebanese Forces MP Antoine Zahra said that those who are trying to presuppose and judge the indictments in former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri’s assassination based on media leaks are trying to set the tribunal up to fail, targeting the STL as a means of opposing Lebanon’s credibility.

Zahra reminded that "some political groups have no confidence in the tribunal, and politicians like Nasrallah have describing the tribunal as an “Israeli project,” intending to incite domestic trouble and as a means to attack the legitimacy of the tribunal."

“We cannot attack the STL unless we have concrete information,” Zahra insisted, while advising against prejudging and jumping to conclusions.

Zahra said that the aerial image of Zouk that was revealed in the press conference is recent footage that dating after 2007. Moreover, Zahra said, "the tribunal has proved its willingness to listen to all sides."

On the other hand, Zahra saluted the security measures and efforts that had been taken to hunt down collaborators of the assassination, and said "we are for the execution of collaborators," pointing out that not all those arrested are politically tied to march 14.

Concerning the US decision to suspend military aid to Lebanon Zahra said that “the US decision to block aid to the Lebanese military over concerns that Hezbollah may have undue influence over the Lebanese army were not substantial.” Zahra insisted that as the army is the force with which the government exercises its sovereign authority and defends its borders, then the American aid sent to the army is used to maintain the internal security of Lebanon while combating terrorism.

Finally, Zahra confirmed that Lebanon cannot survive without national unity partnership.

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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