Canada Lebanon: the convocation of demonstrators revives the controversy over the role of the military tribunal

17:25  24 september  2020
17:25  24 september  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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Defenders of freedoms and international NGOs denounce attacks on freedom of expression in this country in the grip of an unprecedented economic and political crisis.

From our correspondent in Beirut, Paul Khalifeh

Three activists of the protest movement that broke out in Lebanon in October 2019 were to be summoned, this Thursday, September 24, to the military tribunal for facts dating back several months. Among them is Alexander Paulikevich , an oriental dancer of great renown. was briefly arrested during a demonstration outside the Central Bank in Beirut on January 13 to denounce politicians accused of corruption.

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Further hearings are scheduled for the coming months. These summons to this exceptional tribunal are seen by defenders of liberties in Lebanon and by international NGOs as acts of intimidation. But even within the power and the political class, voices were raised to denounce these practices.

The outgoing Minister of Justice pleaded this Thursday for the limitation of the powers of this court, created during the civil war to try crimes considered as an attack on the security of the State. Marie-Claude Najem recalled in a comment posted on Twitter that the protection of the rights of individuals must be a priority, stressing that civilians must not be brought before the military court.

Numerous attempts to limit the prerogatives of this court, undertaken in recent years by deputies or civil society associations, have failed.

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