Archive for October, 2010

“Severe funding crisis at Nahr al-Bared camp” & Guinness World Records of governmetal obstacles!

October 24, 2010

An update of Nahr el Bared reconstruction appeard yesterday Saturday 23 Oct. by the Daily Star, quoting official UNRWA, Lebanese and Palestinian views.

The article stresses on the need by Arab Gulf states to fulfill their promised funding for the reconstruction of the “old camp”, and paying emergency rent payments for the displaced inhabitants. It also discusses the effect of the military security measures on the post-war recovery of the camp.

Still, the “new camp” lacks coverage in media, especially in relation to obstacles of reconstruction, and more importantly the huge obstacles in the “new camp” where the totally demolished buildings still have no mechanism or horizon for reconstruction since more than three years.

These obstacles are mainly because of Lebanese governmental obstacles that stress on the “legal approach”, amid hostile political landscape by some Lebanese politicians. The argument neglects different facts. First, it is a post-war emergency condition paralleling the post June 2006 war in Lebanon. Second, Palestinians are excluded from basic rights in laws including the legal ownership of their own houses in the “new camp”.

Meanwhile, the article quotes Sateh Arnaout, the Prime Minister’s chief technical adviser, saying that through demonstrating tangible progress on the ground the government then pushes for new monetary contributions.

Is the real case the opposite?

The governmental obstacles, led by the same article’s mentioned advisory office, form a huge list that could easily compete in Guinness World Records‏ of the number of governmental obstacles. The government has been delaying reconstruction either in the “old” or “new” camp.

Read the article

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Again, in relation to Nahr el Bared: Lebanese Human Rights Defender Threatened with Torture

October 22, 2010

Before more than two weeks, Ghassan Abdallah, director of the Palestinian Human Rights Organization, was interrogated by the army intelligence for expressing a critical opinion about violations in Nahr el Bared.

Abdallah did so during a meeting where Lebanese officials were, particularly the Lebanese Palestinian Dialogue Committee (LPDC) in addition to army officials. Then Abdallah was asked for interrogation!

Such an incident poses serious questions not only about the frequency of harassment incidents to human rights defenders in Nahr el Bared camp, but also to the role, if not some sort of involvement, of Lebanese civilian officials, calling publicly for dialogue.

In different incidents, Lebanese civilian officials, close to the file of Nahr el Bared, did not issue any public statement after the army intelligence had interrogated or jailed human rights defenders in Nahr el Bared. It is worth mentioning that the army was appointed by the Lebanese government to have major tasks in Nahr el Bared though it has been debated if the declared emergency state in Nahr el Bared, since more than three years, is with accordance with orders by the Lebanese governmental council.

The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN) issued a press release about the incident of Ghassan Abdallah:

Copenhagen/Dublin/Geneva/Paris – 13 October 2010: The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN), Front Line and the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), are deeply concerned about the interrogation of Mr. Ghassan Abdallah, General Director of the Palestinian Human Rights Organisation (PHRO) by the Lebanese military intelligence on October 9th, 2010, during which he was threatened with torture.

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Detention common for critics of army’s Nahr al-Bared policies

October 20, 2010

Matt Nash, Now Lebanon– October 19, 2010 (read the whole article)

Farah Kobaissy had some time to kill Saturday morning. She was headed to a meeting in Lebanon’s northern Akkar district that was delayed a few hours, so she instead decided to visit friends in the Nahr al-Bared Palestinian refugee camp.

Kobaissy, 23, did not have her state ID card (hawiyah), only her identification papers (ikhraj kayd). The Lebanese army, which still surrounds the camp and controls entry and exit to both the official camp and the surrounding areas commonly known as the “new camp,” would not let her enter, even though, she told NOW Lebanon, she’d been allowed in with her identification papers “dozens” of times in the past. 

Lebanese civil rights activist speaks of detention

October 20, 2010

BEIRUT (Ma’an) — A prominent civil rights activist who was detained by Lebanese army investigators for 14 hours has spoken about her experience, accusing authorities of disproportionate action against perceived pro-Palestinian demonstrations.

Farah Kobeissi, 23, was accused of seeking to ferment civil unrest after her one-woman protest outside the northern refugee camp of Nahr Al-Bared was forcibly stopped by soldiers.

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كيف تعاملت استخبارات الجيش مع ناشطة حقوقية

October 19, 2010

محمد نزال- جردة الأخبار، الاثنين 18 ت1، 2010

اعتصمت فرح في الشارع لأن الجيش منعها من الدخول إلى نهر البارد، قبل أن تُحتجز مدّة 12 ساعة. الجيش يدعوها اليوم إلى الادّعاء عليه إذا ظُلمت

«أطلقوا سراحي بعد نحو 12 ساعة من التوقيف، دون أن يخبروني ما المسوّغ القانوني لاحتجازي»… كان هذا السؤال أكثر ما يقلق الناشطة في مجال حقوق الإنسان، فرح قبيسي، التي أكّدت أنها احتُجزت على يد مديرية الاستخبارات في الجيش، ظهر أول من أمس، عند مدخل مخيّم نهر البارد في الشمال.

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في البارد مع كل «غريب» عسكري هدية

October 11, 2010

راجانا حمية– “الأخبار”، 11 ت2 2010

جريدة الأخبار

ثلاث سنوات مرّت على حرب مخيم نهر البارد، إلا أن آثارها لم تُمح بعد. فحتى هذه اللحظات، لا يزال الدخول إلى المخيم مستحيلاً من دون تصريح من مركز استخبارات الجيش في محلّة القبة بطرابلس. وليس أي تصريح، فقد تنوعت تلك الأوراق وتلوّنت بحسب ما يرتئيه العسكريون من تقسيم للمهام والأماكن في المخيم

كان حلمها بسيطاً. لا يشبه تلك الأحلام العصية على التحقيق. كان صغيراً.. «على قدّي»، تقول. مجرّد تمنٍّ، لا أكثر ولا أقل، بإقامة حفل زفافٍ «يضلّو الناس يحكوا فيه».

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