ACGEN Spotlights

Sun, 30 Mar, 2014
The past two years witnessed the issuance of several court orders against activists who tried to unveil corruption scandals and irregularities or were just trying to express an opinion or defend citizens’ rights through social media. These frequent court orders targeted bloggers, media people, individuals and even former Minister Charbel Na7hhas, so as to intimidate them, and in order to protect various political and economic figures and powers including the President of the Republic and a number of... more
Wed, 5 Mar, 2014
A double edged political and economic crisis is currently sweeping over Lebanon. Whilst the economic crisis has resulted in the increase of deficit of the balance of payments and of budget, higher unemployment, and has exacerbated endemic social ills, many politicians now place high hopes on Lebanon’s oil resources, believing that this will allow Lebanon to emerge from its current economic and social crisis. On the other hand, many people and observers seem more skeptical and fear that Lebanon may yet be... more
Thu, 13 Feb, 2014
People with disability in Lebanon still suffer from marginalization and limited social inclusion despite significant mobilizations by PWDs since the end of the civil war in 1990. The persistence of this abysmal situation is undoubtedly due to the absence of any serious governmental approach to institutionalize citizenship rights in general and the rights of PWDs in particular. Poor governmental commitment has led to wide gaps in services and programmes targeting PWDs. more
Wed, 8 Jan, 2014
The fate of the proposed new law for reviewing public salary scales remains unclear despite the declaration made by MP Ibrahim Kanaan, the president of the parliamentary commission in charge of its review, and who stated that the said commission completed its review and introduced some changes on the proposals following which the law petition was sent to the assembly for endorsement. more
Wed, 11 Dec, 2013
Manifestations of xenophobia and bigotry appear to be intrinsic to the social and psychological makeup of a large section of the Lebanese population and are intimately associated with their perception of the other. For decades, Palestinians refugees have suffered as a result of this attitude, that was accompanied with discriminatory legislation and which more recently have hit migrant workers. more
Fri, 1 Nov, 2013
Lebanon has witnessed during the past two years a worrying increase in calls for protecting the rights of confessions (rather than individuals), the last of which was the creation of the “land movement”, a new group which, according to its by-laws published in the official gazette (date: 20-6-2013- No 27- proclamation No 1080), seeks to oppose and halt the selling of land in Christian areas. more
Mon, 7 Oct, 2013
With the quasi absence of free health services, nearly one third of the Lebanese population, most of whom are amongst the poor or of limited income, largely rely on the services of the NationalSocial Security Fundwhich suffers from chronic administrative and financial problems thus affecting a large section of citizens of Lebanon. more
Wed, 4 Sep, 2013
Lebanonwitnessed during the past weeks degradation in the security situation marked by a chain of explosions that hit the Southern Suburbs and Tripoli, resulting in more than 70 dead and 800 wounded. For Lebanon, this is not exceptional news, but rather the manifestation of sliding instability, the general deterioration of the overall situation in the country, and the reemergence of climates similar to those that preceded the outbreak of Lebanese civil war in 1975.   more
Mon, 29 Jul, 2013
In an unexpected surge of conscience, Lebanese politicians and parliamentarians suddenly realized the responsibilities they carry towards protecting women from domestic violence.  As a result, the Parliamentary Commissions endorsed, during their sessions of 22 July, the law petition to protect women from violence after including some significant revisions to the initial proposal.  This endorsement followed the gory murder of Roula Ya3coob by her husband in Halba.   more
Tue, 9 Jul, 2013
Once again, Lebanese Parliamentarians place their own political interests ahead of those of women and men citizens and their rights, at a time of deepening political rift and polarization and a heightened struggle for power in the country. more