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Latest reports from Lebanon

LEBANON: Beirut’s glittering downtown belies poverty in suburbs

BEIRUT, 21 Mar 2006 (IRIN) - Beirut’s impressive downtown district reflects much of the wealth and development that Lebanon has enjoyed since the end of the civil war in 1990. But a few minutes' drive to the capital’s southern and northern fringes reveals a vastly different reality, featuring extreme poverty and underdevelopment.Full report

LEBANON: Human rights lawyer goes on trial

BEIRUT, 20 Mar 2006 (IRIN) - The in-absentia trial of Lebanese lawyer and human rights activist Muhamad Mugraby began on Monday, in a military court. He is accused of slander for having criticised the authorities' use of military courts to prosecute government critics.Full report

LEBANON: National dialogue yields results, but sticking points remain

BEIRUT, 16 Mar 2006 (IRIN) - Lebanese leaders agreed earlier this week to disarm Palestinian factions outside the country’s refugee camps and establish diplomatic ties with Syria in the first national dialogue held by all the country’s political factions since 1990.Full report

LEBANON-SYRIA: Damascus welcomes new report on Hariri killing

DAMASCUS, 16 Mar 2006 (IRIN) - The Syrian government welcomed an initial report by UN investigator Serge Brammertz, which found that Damascus had cooperated over the last three months with the inquiry into the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.Full report

LEBANON: Lack of protection for women’s rights fuels sex trade, say women’s groups

BEIRUT, 13 Mar 2006 (IRIN) - One of the last things that Rima (not her real name), a 31-year-old commercial sex worker, said to the staff at Beirut-based NGO Dar al-Amal was that she wanted to be buried with her mother.Full report

LEBANON: Child prostitution still taboo, despite laws

BEIRUT, 6 Mar 2006 (IRIN) - At a glance, Nadine (not her real name) is an innocent, 16 year-old-girl, but a conversation with her soon reveals the shocking details of the hard life she endured as a child. "I didn't choose to work as a prostitute," she said. "It's just my luck in life." Full report

LEBANON: Young Arabs want stricter gun control, study finds

BEIRUT, 1 Mar 2006 (IRIN) - Young Lebanese, Palestinians and Sudanese want tougher gun control regulations, a survey by a group of NGOs revealed. Full report

LEBANON: Calls for greater democracy on Hariri anniversary

BEIRUT, 14 Feb 2006 (IRIN) - Thousands of people in Lebanon marked the first anniversary of the death of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri by calling for greater democratisation.Full report

LEBANON: UNIFIL mandate extended in south

BEIRUT, 5 Feb 2006 (IRIN) - Amid rising tension along the southern border with Israel last week, the UN Security Council announced a six-month extension of its peacekeeping mission in Lebanon and called on Beirut to exert more control over the south.Full report

LEBANON: UN lawyer’s visit “fruitful,” says government

BEIRUT, 29 Jan 2006 (IRIN) - A two-day visit to Lebanon by a UN legal counsel to discuss a proposed international tribunal for suspects in last year’s assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri was described as “fruitful” by government officials.Full report


Year in Brief and Review Lebanon

LEBANON: Year in Review 2005 - Developments in democracy

LEBANON: Year in Brief 2005 – A chronology of democratic developments

IRIN Focuses & Interviews for Lebanon

LEBANON: Beirut’s glittering downtown belies poverty in suburbs

LEBANON: Child prostitution still taboo, despite laws

LEBANON: Resurgence in landmine injuries, fatalities

LEBANON: Leprosy still a problem

LEBANON: Homosexuals still facing discrimination


IRAQ: Briefing paper on food security

IRAQ: Briefing paper on power

IRAQ: Briefing paper on water and sanitation

IRAQ: Briefing paper on Education

IRAQ: Briefing paper on health

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