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News and Events

CRTD.A provides different services through which it tries to contribute to the social development of local communities and organizations through enhancing capacities to reach more just and equitable environment.

Political agreement over the new electoral law in Lebanon awaits regional developments

Fri, 06/24/2016

The current Parliament has been discussing, in vain, the reform of the electoral law for the past four years, amidst repeated demands for the adoption of the proportional electoral system to replace the current majority system. In this process opposing political groups continue to quarrel over the matter, each camp trying to tailor the new legislation according to its own interests, and so as to enable it to control the new parliament.

Implementation of the third part of the training workshop on Leading to a Culture of Democracy, 19 & 20 June 2016

Sun, 06/19/2016

CRTDA organized a training workshop entitled “Culture of Democracy” in its third part aiming for empowering democratic organizations, in its training center in the Museum area using the “Leading to democracy: Women in transitional societies” manual by the Women’s Learning Partnership for Rights, Development, and Peace.
Leaders from the steering committee of the Nationality campaign participated in the training and worked over two days, October 19 and 20 2016, to develop their abilities through exercises and extensive trainings to acquire skills starting from the following goals:

Implementation of the second part of the training workshop on Leading to a Culture of Democracy, 2 &3 June 2016

Thu, 06/02/2016

CRTD.A organized on June 2 and 3 the second part of its workshop entitled “Leading to a Culture of Democracy”. The event was held at the WLP premises and targeted women leaders and members in the Nationality Campaign Steering Committee. During this time, participants built their capacities through exercises focusing on prevailing political, social and economic cultures, democratic participation, women’s participation in politics, democratic dialogue and how to uphold rights and common interests.

2016 municipal elections: A smokescreen against an acute national political stalemate

Thu, 05/19/2016

With the imminent approach of local municipal elections, tensions between political forces are high, as they maneuver for domination of local councils. These heightened tensions are taking place against the background of the failure of the current government in addressing key problems of ensuring public services and settling the present national political stalemate (namely the carrying out of the presidential and parliamentary elections, the adoption of a more representative electoral law, the management of the displacement problem, etc….).

Implementation of the first part of the training workshop on Leading to a Culture of Democracy , 17 and 18 May 2016

Tue, 05/17/2016

CRTD.A organized the first part of a training workshop entitled “Leading to a Culture of Democracy”. The event was held at the CRTD.A premises and targeted the leaders and members of the Nationality Campaign Steering Committee. The event extended between 18 and 10 May and focused on building capacities and skills on the meaning of democracy, citizehsip: reposibilities of the individual and of the stage, tolerance, and democratic reforms in addition to participatory decision making and the importance of women leaders in a democracy.

Lebanon’s Relief Plan and the Exploitation of Syrian Refugees

Wed, 04/13/2016

The attitude of the Lebanese government vis-à-vis the Syrian displacement is largely characterized by deception, contradiction and lack of transparency.

UNRWA’s endemic financial crisis and the disregard of Palestinians’ national rights

Tue, 02/23/2016

UNRWA continues to steadily shrink its educational, health and in-kind services, in parallel with the international drive to write off the Palestinian cause which was already given up by most Arab and Palestinian political forces. In justifying the recent cuts in services, UNRWA once more invokes financial difficulties, resulting from the drop in international funding, while reflecting clear insensitiveness towards the social and humanitarian hardships of refugees caused by these cuts.

The Independent Resources and information Services (IRIS): New Developments in 2016

Wed, 02/03/2016

This year is witnessing significant changes within IRIS. The purpose is to be able to provide better services to our readers and followers as well as keep abreast on digital knowledge dissemination. These changes are informed by the internal review of our decade-long work and which we carried out over the last few months.

Confessional politics paralyse the work of the Civil Service Council

Tue, 01/26/2016

The paralysis that has hit state institutions in Lebanon, namely the presidency, the Cabinet and the House, has extended to reach other institutions namely the Civil Service Council which is a public outfit granted with wide prerogatives principally the appointment of civil servants. As a result of creeping confessionalisation within civil service which started back in the nineties, seemingly “civil” but in fact confessional outfits have emerged to overtake the role of the Council which in turn resulted in further strengthening the trend of “confessional recruitment” in the public sector.

The new law to reinstate nationality to immigrants of Lebanese origin is confessional and sexist

Wed, 12/30/2015

Twelve years after the submission of the law proposal to reinstate Lebanese nationality to immigrants, and four years after its endorsement by the Cabinet during the mandate of former President Michel Suleiman, the House finally approved it during its session on 12/11/2015 after it was placed on the House discussion agenda following intense negotiations and following its endorsement by the Lebanese Forces and the Free Patriotic Movement MPs.