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Justice for Lebanon – The World Day for International Justice

The 17th of July is the World Day for International Justice, yet in Lebanon, impunity reigns supreme.

Spanning from the civil war to the present day, perpetrators of political crimes evade arrests and investigations remain incomplete in Lebanon. Throughout the country’s history, the few cases of justice rendered for select political crimes constitute the exceptions that nonetheless confirm the rule of impunity. Neither the forced oblivion through the Amnesty Law of 1991 nor the recent convictions pronounced by the Special Tribunal for Lebanon on Rafic Hariri’s assassination have appeased the need for justice in Lebanon.

This need is even more urgent as Lebanon is still reeling from the explosion in the port of Beirut on the 4th of August, 2020. The investigation into one of the biggest non-nuclear explosions in the history of the world is being actively undermined by the very people who might be implicated.

Amid all these types of violence, the countless victims still hope and fight for justice in Lebanon.

Therefore, UMAM Documentation & Research, Lokman Slim Foundation, Dar Al-Jadeed, and IUSTICOM called for a gathering in commemorating the Day for International Justice by raising awareness locally and internationally about the need to end impunity and to continue demanding #JusticeforLebanon.

The meeting was held on the 17th of July, 2022 at the Station in Sin El Fil, Beirut.

The roundtable discussion addressed justice and accountability in Lebanon, accompanied by a photo exhibition and screening of messages from victims and rule of law defenders.

The event is supported by Heinrich Böll Foundation.

The Introductory speeches of Justice for Lebanon Roundtable included;
Ms. Monika Borgmann-Slim, director of UMAM Documentation & Research. Ms. Anna Fleischer, director of Böll Foundation
Participants:

Mr. Ronnie Chatah, podcaster.
H.E. Dr Andreas Kindl: German Ambassador.
Mr. Moussa Khoury, lawyer of Ms. Borgmann for Lokman Slim’s assassination case.
Ms. Aya Majzoub, researcher at Human Rights Watch.
Mr. Nizar Saghieh, director of Legal Agenda.
Ms. Reina Sfeir, Human Rights professor at La Sagesse University, former liaison officer with families of victims for the STL.
Moderator: Ms. Najat Rushdie, UN Representative in Lebanon.
Video messages on justice/ accountability/ impunity was displayed during the event.

Karama-Beirut HRFF

Karama Beirut Human Rights Film Festival successfully finished its fifth edition entitled “Occupy the Void” which held in Sunflower theatre from 23rd to 26th of September 2021.The theme focused on civil society and the power of youth and their ambitions for social and political change. KBHRFF’s fifth version coincides with the movement of the Lebanese people that aims to recover the true meaning of the Constitution and laws and reshape the national identity according to values of citizenship and the standards enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Through film screenings, discussions and other activities, KBHRFF called to occupy the void with a rights- based, comprehensive, public, and practical culture to achieve human dignity.

During the four days of the festival, KBHRFF screened twenty-one human rights films and hold ten after-screening discussions. To encourage young filmmakers, Karama – Beirut Festival presented six films for Syrian refugees produced by the “Action for Hope Film School”, three of which are documentaries, while the three others are fictions. Eighteen films were premiered for the first time in Lebanon. These films were produced in several countries, namely: Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, Qatar, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Germany, Canada, the Czech Republic, the United States, and Australia.

As part of the festival, two free-of-charge master classes for students and young film makers took place: the first one was given by university professor Dr. Najwa Kondakji and tackled “Ways to express revolution in cinema”, while the second class was given by writer Najib Nseir and is titled “Citizen’s Rights in Dramatic Writing” which was attended by students from various Lebanese universities, in addition to filmmakers and young filmmakers.

 

Karama Beirut 2021

Despite the difficulties and very harsh conditions in Beirut and Lebanon, Karama-Beirut is preparing for its fifth edition, to be held on the 23 till 26 September 2021 at the Sunflower Theater in Beirut, under the theme “occupy the void“. Twenty films will be screened during the festival varying in the genre of; fiction, documentary and short fiction from various countries of origin, including: Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, Qatar, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Germany, Canada, the Czech Republic, the United States and others. The 5th edition will present an intellectual symposium that will address the means of political and social change within the existing sectarian system. In addition Karama Beirut will organize two “Master Classes”, entitled “Citizen Rights in Drama Writing” and “Paths of Expressing the Revolution in Cinema”. The Karama Beirut team hopes to invite its directors and producers guests despite the multiple crises Lebanon is passing through.

Karama Beirut will open with the screening of the Egyptian film “Hammam Sokhn” / “Trapped” with the presence of the director Manal Khaled, duration of the film is 77 minutes and it will be screened at “The Sunflower Theatre” in Beirut. The film talks about the entrapment of few women due to the events unfolding in the streets of Egypt and apartment blocks. Their entrapment is not necessarily limited to concrete walls and locked doors, but is imposed by inner conflicts and thoughts. Even though the women share similar dreams of breaking free from social constraints and conditions, each fights her own battle.

It’s worth mentioning that four films to be screened at the Karama Beirut festival have been selected from Anhar Package The films are: From Egypt “As You Can See“ by Ghada Fikri, from Palestine “Bars” by Waleed Zedaney, from Belgium “So We Live” by Rand Abou Fakher and from Canada “Rebel” by Pier-Philippe Chevigny.

Karama Beirut

Despite the difficulties and challenges in Lebanon, Karama Beirut plans to release its next edition under the theme “Occupy the Void” in late September of this year. This edition will be a mix of face-to-face and online screenings on the secure online platform of ANHAR Network Festivals.

Karama Beirut Human rights Film Festival 2019 – Talk to Her

961 Art Factory held the 4th edition of Karama Beirut Human Rights Film Festival (KBHRFF) under the theme “Talk to Her”, from 1-7 July 2019. The festival came in partnership with Ma3mal 612 Think Factory, Karama Human Rights Film Festival-Jordan, and in cooperation with the United Nations Information Center (UNIC) – Lebanon, and with the support of the UNHCR’s MENA regional office, as well as the embassy of Switzerland and the embassy of Czech Republic in Beirut.

The 4th edition of the festival shed light on gender equity, as in inherent human right, essential to the world peace, fluorescence, and sustainability. KBHRFF took place at Metropolis Cinema Sofil in Ashrafiyeh, Beirut and screened 22 films of all genres and all lengths, 7 of which are curated from ANHAR film package.