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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...


Yalibnan - March 14: Bellemare’s stance spells failure for intimidation campaigns

The March 14 General Directorate praised on Wednesday Special Tribunal for Lebanon Prosecutor Daniel Bellemare for his “strong professionalism” in the investigation in the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

It said in a statement after its weekly meeting: “His latest stands are “an indication of the failure of intimidation campaigns that are aimed at targeting the STL and its credibility, and the impossibility of influencing the independent investigation.”

Bellemare reacted to the recent rumors about the indictment by saying : People should remember this: “Unless they can read into my brain, everything else is just speculation.” Bellemare said he has not yet drafted the indictment ”

This comes after Hezbollah and its allies launched a well organized campaign against STL and its prosecutor . Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said in a speech last August that the indictement of Hezbollah in the murder of Lebanon’s former PM Rafik Hariri was written in 2008.

The pro-Syrian As Safir newspaper claimed last July that STL is expected to announce its first indictment of Hezbollah in September . Last month As Safir claimed that the STL decisions lie in the hands of the U.S..based on As Safir report , MP Walid Jumblatt joined the list of critics last month and repeated what the daily reported when he said “Washington is behind a decision to be issued by the Special Tribunal for Lebanon convicting people in the murder of former PM Rafik Hariri “.

Hezbollah – Al Ahbash clashes
March 14 General Directorate condemned the recent clashes at Borj Abi Haidar, saying that March 14 has already demanded that Beirut should be an arms-free city , which “would represent the first step in making the whole of Lebanon free of illegitimate weapons.”

“Laying down of illegitimate arms has become a popular, political, and economic demand,” the general directorate said in a statement after its weekly meeting.

Polish tourists

March 14 General Directorate also condemned Tuesday’s kidnapping of the two Polish tourists in the Baalbeck-Hermel region, saying it was a dangerous sign of some groups’ terrorist tendencies against Lebanese and foreigners.

It was also a sign of the presence of disruptors of the peace throughout Lebanon that are aimed at targeting the authority and credibility of the Lebanese state.

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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