IN A FIRST ACTION OF ITS KIND SINCE THE END OF THE CIVIL WAR, A SECULAR RALLY FOR CITIZENSHIP IS BEING ORGANIZED IN LEBANON- BEIRUT
On Sunday 25 April 2010
A group of Lebanese citizens are organizing a rally on 25 April 2010 to call for the full implementation of article (c) of the Lebanese Constitution's preamble: "Respect for the freedom of opinion and belief," "social justice," and "equality of rights and duties between all citizens without discrimination or preference."
The objective of this initiative is to unite and render visible the efforts of citizens and associations working towards a secular civil society.
The main claims of this movement relate to the Lebanese civil code for personal status stipulating respect for human rights and equality between men and women; strengthening of public education in the service of education for citizenship; and securing equal opportunities in employment in the public sector based on qualifications and competencies.
This collective initiative will not stop at these claims. The rally of April 25 is the starting point in a series of actions aimed at raising awareness on the urgency of reflecting upon and conceptualizing a genuine Lebanese citizenship. Among the activities planned for are conferences and debates in universities and other cultural and mediatic frameworks.
The meeting will take place in Ain El Mraisse - Beirut facing the Abdel Nasser statue, and the rally will depart from there at 11 am sharp in the direction of the Lebanese Parliament.
Lebanse citizens in the Diaspora are invited to rally on the same day, at 11 am (local time) in front of the closest Lebanese embassy or consulate.
Kinda Hassan: +961 3 918853
Alexandre Paulikevitch: +961 70 185894