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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October 25, 2011

Now Lebanon - Development and Liberation bloc undecided on STL funding, says bloc MP, October 25, 2011

Development and Liberation bloc MP Abdel Majid Saleh said on Tuesday morning that his bloc did not take any decision concerning Lebanon’s share of funding for the UN-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL).
“Concerning the STL funding, our bloc did not take any decision yet. We don’t want to cross the bridge before getting to it,” he told Voice of Lebanon (100.5) radio.
“When the cabinet was formed, they told us that it will last until the 2013 parliamentary elections, but we know how politics work in Lebanon… and we are facing many [challenges].”
Four Hezbollah members have been indicted by the STL for the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. However, the Shia group strongly denies the charges and refuses to cooperate with the court. 

Hezbollah and other March 8 parties and figures have spoken out against Lebanon’s ties and funding for the tribunal and called it a tool to incite sectarian strife in Lebanon, however, PM Najib Mikati has repeatedly voiced Lebanon’s commitment to the tribunal.

Lebanon contributes 49 percent of the STL’s annual funding.

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