36 Jahre Sabra und Shatila und die Frage der Strafverfolgung

Das Massaker von Sabra und Shatila wurde zum Sinnbild für die Grausamkeiten des Libanesischen Bürgerkrieges. In dieser Woche jähren sich die Ereignisse zum 36. Mal. Grund genug der Frage nachzugehen, ob eine etwaige Strafverfolgung gegen die aktiv beteiligten Milizionäre durch deutsche Strafverfolgungsbehörden auch heutzutage noch möglich wäre.

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Towards a Reform in Lebanon? Interview with the President of the Constitutional Council ISSAM SLEIMAN

The Lebanese political system, based on the principle of confessional parity, is notoriously complex and rigid. In May, after years of gridlock due to sectarian strife, a new parliament was elected. But the fundamental problems remain unsolved. Issam Sleiman, the President of the Constitutional Council, has proposed a reform of enable the Constitutional Council to settle conflicts about the interpretation of the constitution.

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Lebanon – Plaything of Regional Powers: The Case of Saad Hariri

The forced temporary resignation of the Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Harari under pressure from Saudi-Arabia has raised not just political, but also legal questions. Saudi-Arabia violated the principle of non-intervention, Hariri’s personal inviolability and his human right to personal liberty. Maybe this time the Lebanon escaped a new political crisis, but the situation remains tense. Living in fear of a new conflict seems to be Lebanon’s destiny.

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