Mohammed Zaatari

Children rights

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Child labor on the rise due to economic situation

Despite a number of international treaties forbidding child labor, more kids were entering workplaces across Lebanon due to the economic situation of many Lebanese and Syrian families, head of south Lebanon’s chamber of commerce said Thursday. The comments from Mohammad Saleh came during a workshop on combatting child labor in agriculture organized by the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture in Sidon and the South. “Children are not allowed to work if they are under 15-years-old, according to the international treaties,” Saleh said. “But due to the difficult economic and living conditions of many Lebanese families and the crisis of…

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Morten Larsen

Special Tribunal for Lebanon

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Donaldson left alone as STL counsels bicker

The last session of prosecution analyst Andrew Donaldson’s cross examination in front of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon was delayed Thursday as lawyers argued over the admissibility of evidence to be presented. Dorothee le Fraper du Hellen, defense counsel for indicted suspect Hassan Merhi, hoped to question Donaldson a final time about call sequence tables linked to phones he had attempted to attribute to Merhi. The prosecution initially objected to the admission of these CSTs since they claimed their methodology had not been properly presented. The debate raged for almost an hour as counsel for the defense and prosecution argued…

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Victoria Yan

Special Tribunal for Lebanon

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STL Appeals Chamber decides on legal issues in confidential indictment

The Appeals Chamber at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon issued its decision Wednesday on legal issues related to an indictment submitted by the prosecutor in July. The indictment, which remains confidential, initially underwent review by pretrial Judge Daniel Fransen, who submitted queries to the Appeals Chamber. Members of the prosecution and defense proceeded to make their submissions to Fransen’s queries on Oct. 12. Led by STL President Judge Ivana Hrdlickova, the Appeals Chamber’s major conclusions included a definition of criminal association as an oral or written agreement between two or more people. The purpose of that agreement, the judges clarified,…

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Admin

Special Tribunal for Lebanon

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Lebanon Judges demoted because of STL involvement, Fatfat claims

واصلت استجوابها المضاد للخبير في شؤون الاتصالات المحكمة تتابع تدقيقها في نسب هواتف إلى عياش خالد موسى تابعت غرفة الدرجة الأولى في المحكمة الدولية الخاصة بلبنان في لاهاي خلال جلستها أمس، استجوابها المصاد للشاهد الخبير في شؤون الاتصالات أندرو دونالدسون، في شأن نسب هواتف إلى المتهم سليم جميل عياش ورفاقه. وحاول إميل عون، محامي الدفاع عن المتهم عياش، القول بان «عياش لم يكن يحمل أي هاتف خلوي معه، استناداً إلى شهادة شاهد كان يعمل مع عياش وإدعى بأن عياش لم يكن يحمل هاتفاً أثناء وجوده في عمله». ورفعت المحكمة جلساتها إلى الساعة الحادية عشرة من قبل ظهر اليوم الأربعاء، بتوقيت…

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Suzanne Baaklini

Women's rights

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Chiffrer les violences contre les femmes... pour y mettre un point final ?

Lidée peut surprendre, même déstabiliser certains : comment estimer le coût d'un drame intime, celui de milliers de femmes subissant la violence d'un compagnon au sein même de la famille ? Et pourtant il y a de quoi faire, parce que le coût économique pour la société est plus que conséquent, d'une part, et parce que l'argument peut s'avérer décisif auprès des autorités qui seraient encore réticentes à agir, d'autre part. Pour exemple, selon une étude effectuée par le bureau Fear and Hoeffler, citée dans le Rapport 2017 de l'ONU sur le statut des femmes arabes, le chiffre mondial estimé…

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Victoria Yan

Women's rights

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U.N. studies cost of domestic abuse

In an initiative to further women’s rights in the Arab world, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia and partner institutions called on Arab nations to calculate the economic cost of violence against women. “We’re looking at the economic costs [of violence] because it has been shown when money is involved, everyone takes more interest,” Wassim Shahin, professor of economics at the Lebanese American University – one of the partner organizations in the new project – said in a speech at Wednesday evening’s launch at the Sursock Museum in Beirut’s Ashrafieh. He reiterated that achieving women’s rights…

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Victoria Yan

Special Tribunal for Lebanon

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Investigation biased: STL defense counsel

Defense Counsel David Young concluded his nine-day cross-examination of prosecution analyst Andrew Donaldson Friday, suggesting that the latter’s attribution reports were based upon compromised material. During his conclusion, Young said the information passed from the Lebanese International Security Forces to the United Nations International Independent Investigation Commission was biased. He argued that the ISF Information Branch head Maj. Brig. Wissam al-Hassan had tainted the credibility of the local investigation due to a controversy possibly linking him to the conspiracy. Donaldson at the time was working for the UNIIIC. In the early sessions of the hearing, Young argued that the UNIIIC…

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STL ‘Three-day’ cross-examination enters ninth day

Special Tribunal for Lebanon

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STL ‘Three-day’ cross-examination enters ninth day

واصل فريق الدفاع عن المتهم أسد حسن صبرا في غرفة الدرجة الأولى في المحكمة الدولية الخاصة بلبنان في لاهاي خلال جلسة الأمس، استجوابه المضاد للشاهد المحقق في مكتب المدعي العام والخبير في شؤون الاتصالات أندرو دونالدسن بشأن إسناد الهواتف الخليوية لصبرا. وتطرّق محامي الدفاع عن صبرا دايفد يونغ إلى وثيقة تتضمن إسم هلا صبرا، زوجة المتهم صبرا، وسأله عن كيفية إسناد الرقم المسجل في هذا المستند إلى صبرا، فأوضح دونالدسن أن «الرقم 546 كان مسجلاً في هذا المستند وهذا الرقم كان يستخدمه أيضاً المتهم صبرا». كما تطرّق يونغ إلى طريقة إسناد الهاتف 018 إلى المتهم صبرا، فلفت الشاهد إلى أن…

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Finbar Anderson

Special Tribunal for Lebanon

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STL defense contests phone link to Sabra

The defense counsel continued to distance Assad Sabra from cellphone data attributed to him and his family by prosecution analyst Andrew Donaldson at Tuesday’s session of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. Sabra is among those accused of involvement in the 2005 bombing that killed former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and 21 others. Defense counsel David Young continued Monday’s discussion of geographic profiling, challenging the prosecution’s attribution of a cellphone to his client. The phone had been used during daytime hours but Sabra, he noted, worked at a print works with no cellphone coverage during 2004-05. Young told the chamber: “At…

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