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Protesters demand Lebanon prioritize wage hike

  Protesters in Beirut demanded Saturday that the government devote exclusive attention to studying a public sector salary scale draft law during next week’s Cabinet session and then refer it to Parliament. “The Cabinet session on March 21 should only be held for the salary scaly, its financing and referring to Parliament and [they should] remove all traps from its agenda that could prevent that,” Hanna Gharib, the head of the Union Coordination Committee, said during a protest outside the Finance Ministry. Civil servants and teachers have held almost daily protests outside several ministries, the port of Beirut as well…

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For Lebanese women, the biggest battles are still ahead

  In a country where hearing the word “yes” with respect to amending women’s legal rights is rare, Rita Chemaly has reason to be excited: Three parliamentary commissions have accepted changes to grant female employees 10 weeks maternity leave subject to a parliamentary vote. As these seemingly tiny amendments have come a long way, it is appropriate that the National Commission for Lebanese Women, for whom Chemaly is a consultant, has called their national campaign to amend provisions in legislation that discriminate against women “The Long Road Ahead.” Lebanon was once considered a pioneer of women’s rights after the country…

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STL amends rules of procedure and evidence

  The Special Tribunal for Lebanon, the entity responsible for the trial of four Hezbollah members for the 2005 bombing that killed former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri, approved amendments on the rules of procedure and submission of evidence, the STL announced on Monday. Among the most significant of the changes adopted were: -Considering deadlines as being calendar days and not working days. -Assigning more powers to a single Judge of a Chamber [the Judge Rapporteur] in order to speed up proceedings. -Cases of contempt and false testimony will be heard by a single Judge, with the aim of simplifying…

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STL calls for innovation in quest for accused

  The Special Tribunal for Lebanon hopes to see “novel and intensified efforts” from Lebanese authorities in the coming months to detain and turn over four men accused of involvement in the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. In the court’s fourth annual report, released to the public Friday, the STL expresses its gratitude for the contributions of the Lebanese government to its investigation but also reminds Prime Minister Najib Mikati and his Cabinet that “trial in absentia does not detract in any way from the continuing obligation of the Lebanese authorities ... to locate, apprehend and surrender…

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U.S. to push for quick delivery of aid to Syrian refugees

  The United States will push for a quick delivery of aid recently pledged to Syrian refugees in Lebanon and other countries, a U.S. official said, according to a statement from President Michel Sleiman Tuesday. U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) for the Bureau of Near East Affairs Lawrence Silverman said his country will continue talks with relevant countries to implement the $1 billion pledge made during a donor conference in Kuwait on Jan. 30 to provide assistance for Syrian refugees in the region. A delegation of officials from the United States arrived in Lebanon Sunday overnight for talks with senior…

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Hundreds march in Beirut for women’s rights

  Up to a thousand women, youth and civil society activists marched Sunday to demand gender equality, better representation in the country and the passage of new civil personal status laws. The march began at UNESCO Palace in Corniche al-Mazraa in Beirut and concluded at the door of the Interior Ministry in Sanayeh. The demonstrators called for new civil personal status laws, which would allow women to be able to pass on their nationality to their children, and for Palestinian women to be granted civil and economic rights. They also demanded that Lebanese women be given a 35 percent quota…

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«حقّي عليّي» تطالب بإقالة وزير الصحة وخليل يرد «واجهوني بالسياسة»

  «توت توت ع بيروت، طوارئ ممنوع تفوت، معك عملة سهلة كتير، واذا ما معك بتموت». هذه عينة من الهتافات التي سيطلقها نشطاء غاضبون على موت الطفل مؤمن المحمّد على أبواب مستشفيات الشمال في «مأتم مدني من وزارة الصحّة إلى وزارة العدل» ينطلق عند الخامسة والنصف من مساء الثلاثاء المقبل بمبادرة من حملة «حقّي عليّي». مأساة موت الطفل مؤمن المحمد ضاعفت النقمة على «النظام التحاصصي الذي يحاصر الشعب اللبناني من كل الاتجاهات: يقتل الأطفال أمام أبواب المستشفيات. يمنع اقرار سلسلة الرتب والرواتب. يقرّ قانوناً عنصرياً للانتخابات. يتجاهل الحاجة الملحة إلى قانون مدني للأحوال الشخصية. يمنع عن النساء قانوناً يحميهن من…

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الاعدام لميشال سماحة وعلي مملوك والعقيد عدنان

  اصدر قاضي التحقيق العسكري الاول رياض ابو غيدا قراره الاتهامي في قضية الوزير السابق ميشال سماحة.   وطلب فيه عقوبة الاعدام لكل من سماحة واللواء علي مملوك. وسطر بلاغ بحث وتحر لمعرفة كامل هوية العقيد عدنان .   Source & Link: Aljoumhouria

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مصدر وزاري لـ"النهار": لا مناورة في قضية المخطوفين

  كشف مصدر وزاري متابع لقضية المخطوفين اللبنانيين في سوريا لـ"النهار" ان الاطراف الذين تتواصل معهم الحكومة اللبنانية للافراج عن الزوار اللبنانيين الـ 9 المعتقلين في أعزاز شمال حلب منذ 22 ايار الفائت، أبدوا كل الرغبة في انهاء هذا الملف من دون مناورة، وخصوصاً ان خطوات عملية تلت زيارة الرئيس نجيب ميقاتي والوفد الوزاري والامني لتركيا الشهر الفائت. واضاف المصدر: "ما لمسناه من الجانب التركي كان مشجعاً، وان خطوات عملية اتخذت بعدما كلّف الجانب التركي رئيس المخابرات متابعة قضية المخطوفين بهدف الافراج عنه، وان اولى الخطوات كانت تسليمهم الى طرف ثالث غير "لواء عاصفة الشمال" في اعزاز الذي كان يقوده…

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