The Lebanese Center for Human Rights (CLDH) is a local non-profit, non-partisan Lebanese human rights organization in Beirut that was established by the Franco-Lebanese Movement SOLIDA (Support for Lebanese Detained Arbitrarily) in 2006. SOLIDA has been active since 1996 in the struggle against arbitrary detention, enforced disappearance and the impunity of those perpetrating gross human violations.

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September 26, 2010

Now Lebanon - Jumblatt: It would have been better if STL never existed - September 26, 2010

During a ceremony to honor Russian Ambassador to Lebanon Sergei Poukine on Sunday, Democratic Gathering bloc leader MP Walid Jumblatt said that it would have been better if the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) had never existed.
“The aim of [UN Security Council] Resolution 1559 and the 2006 July War was to disarm the Resistance. When this failed, they resorted to [attempting to use] the STL’s indictment [to carry out this goal],” Jumblatt said.
He also said that the tribunal’s pending indictment will destabilize Lebanon when it is issued and will lead to chaos.
“The best way to achieve justice in the [2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri] is to reveal the truth behind the witnesses who gave false testimony to the international commission investigating into the murder,” Jumblatt said.

Tension ran high in Lebanon after reports said that the STL would soon issue its indictment in the Rafik Hariri murder.

There are fears that should the court indict Hezbollah members, this could lead to a Sunni-Shia conflict similar to the one that brought the country to the brink of civil war in May 2008.

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