10.22 Lebanon


Event Details:

“The Price for Democracy in Lebanon: Reflections and Human Rights Concerns- Film Screening and Brownbag Seminar”
Thursday, October 22, 2009
1:30 - 3:30 pm
Carr Center Conference Room (Rubenstein Building, Floor 2, Room 219) Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Film Screening and Brownbag Seminar

The Price for Democracy in Lebanon:
Reflections and Human Rights Concerns


Loubna Freih
Founding Director, Human Rights Watch-Geneva
Rima Merhi
Carr Center- Gebran Tueni Fellow

An exceptional and distinguished journalist, President and CEO of "An-Nahar" and Member of Parliament in Beirut, Gebran Tueni was a champion of freedom of the press, a passionate defender of Lebanon's independence, and a leading opponent of the Syrian occupation of Lebanon. Following his call for a UN investigation into the killing of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, Tueni was the target of a criminal attack on December 12, 2005.

Tueni was a major architect of the Cedar Revolution, a series of demonstrations following Hariri's assassination calling for the end of Syrian influence in Lebanese life and politics. On March 14, 2005, Tueni spoke of the famous words for which he will be remembered in front of thousands of demonstrators. "We need to keep our martyrs alive by pressing for national reform and developing a human rights agenda for Lebanon", says Merhi. On April 27, 2005, Syrian troops completely withdrew from Lebanon. Gebran left behind a generation of youth who have vowed to defend Lebanese independence, promote human rights, and build democracy in Lebanon.