BOU HABIB INSTRUCTS LEBANON’S UN PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE TO LODGE COMPLAINT IN RESPONSE TO ISRAELI ONE

Caretaker Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants, Dr. Abdallah Bou Habib, on Wednesday instructed Lebanon’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Hadi Hashem, in response to directives from Caretaker Prime Minister, Najib Mikati, to lodg…


Caretaker Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants, Dr. Abdallah Bou Habib, on Wednesday instructed Lebanon’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Hadi Hashem, in response to directives from Caretaker Prime Minister, Najib Mikati, to lodge a complaint dated January 9, 2024, before the United Nations Security Council in reaction to the recent Israeli complaint regarding Lebanon’s alleged non-compliance with Security Council Resolution 1701.

In its complaint, Lebanon has strongly condemned the continuous aggressive actions undertaken by Israeli forces against Lebanon since October 7, coinciding with its war on Gaza. Citing documented evidence of Israel’s violation of Resolution 1701, Lebanon highlighted incidents where Israel targeted Lebanese territories, manipulating facts by blaming Lebanon for its blatant violations of sovereignty and territorial integrity.

The complaint also provided extensive evidence of Israeli military operations violating Paragraph 1 of Resolution 1701. These included th
e use of internationally banned phosphorus shells targeting areas in southern Lebanon’s Aitroun, Mays al-Jabal, and Blida, causing forest fires and destroying of 50,000 olive trees, let alone civilian injuries due to chemical inhalation, breaching international humanitarian law, and potentially constituting war crimes.

The complaint also mentioned that an Israeli drone targeted a journalistic team with guided missiles, resulting in fatalities, including the death of an innocent civilian on November 21, 2023.

‘These repeated hostile acts, coupled with Israeli military overflights and incursions into Lebanese airspace, blatantly violate Paragraph 4 of Resolution 1701, affirming strong support for full respect for the Blue Line,’ the complaint read.

The complaint further highlighted Israeli direct attacks on a Lebanese army position on December 5, 2023, leading to its complete destruction, the martyrdom of a Lebanese soldier, and critical injuries to two others. It also mentioned Israel’s repeated assaults on
Lebanese army positions, numbering 34 since October 7, 2023, which flagrantly violate Paragraph 5 of Resolution 1701, safeguarding Lebanon’s sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity.

Lebanon emphasized its steadfast policy of self-defense and pursuit of its legitimate rights through lawful means, seeking the comprehensive application of Resolution 1701 by the United Nations Security Council. It reiterated its commitment to de-escalation and restoring calm along the Blue Line.

Lebanon also called on the Security Council for complete and comprehensive enforcement of Resolution 1701 with clear international guarantees. This includes the affirmation of Lebanon’s internationally recognized southern borders, the cessation of Israeli violations (land, sea, and air), Israel’s withdrawal to agreed-upon international borders, and collaboration with the UN in reinforcing Lebanon’s armed forces in line with Paragraph 3 of Resolution 1701.

The complaint underlined Israel’s obligation under Resolution 1701 t
o respect Paragraph 18, emphasizing the necessity of achieving a comprehensive and just peace in the Middle East by ending the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories in accordance with relevant UN resolutions, particularly Resolutions 242 (1967) and 338 (1973), and establishing two states based on Resolution 1515 (2003).

The complaint serves as a strong condemnation of Israel’s actions and a call for international support in upholding Lebanon’s sovereignty, territorial integrity, and pursuit of a lasting and just peace in the region.

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon

PAKISTAN’S ELECTRONIC MEDIA REGULATORY AUTHORITY (PEMRA), AUDIOVISUAL COUNCIL OF LEBANON (CNA) INK COOPERATION MOU

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for cooperation between Audiovisual Council of Lebanon (CNA) and Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) was signed today IN Beirut during a ceremony held at CNA office. The MoU aims to foster friend…


A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for cooperation between Audiovisual Council of Lebanon (CNA) and Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) was signed today IN Beirut during a ceremony held at CNA office. The MoU aims to foster friendly relations and cooperation between the two regulatory bodies of Pakistan and Lebanon.

Representing the Lebanese side, H.E. Mr. Abdul Hadi Mahfouz, President of the National Audiovisual Council of Lebanon, and on behalf of PEMRA, H.E. Mr. Salman Athar, Ambassador of Pakistan to Lebanon, inked the document.

While speaking on the occasion, H.E. Mr. Abdul Hadi Mahfouz expressed optimism that the signing of the MoU would forge strong and sustainable ties between Pakistan and Lebanon. He highlighted the existing cordial relations between the two countries and emphasized the significant benefits that would arise from effective collaboration in the field of electronic media regulations.

Ambassador Salman Athar, during his remarks, congratulated both sides for succes
sfully signing the MoU. Recognizing Pakistan and Lebanon as brotherly countries sharing common values, he underscored their mutual support on various regional and global issues. The Ambassador elaborated on the main objectives of the MoU, emphasizing the establishment of a practical mechanism to enhance communication, exchange experiences and share information in the field of electronic media regulations.

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon

Morocco’s Presidency of UNHRC, ‘Great Diplomatic Success’ (Italian Expert)

Morocco’s election to the Presidency of the United Nations Human Rights Council for 2024 is a “great success” of the Kingdom’s diplomacy, which is “highly committed” to promoting human rights, Italian expert Domenico Letizia said.

This ‘historic’ ele…


Morocco’s election to the Presidency of the United Nations Human Rights Council for 2024 is a “great success” of the Kingdom’s diplomacy, which is “highly committed” to promoting human rights, Italian expert Domenico Letizia said.

This ‘historic’ election is a ‘resounding diplomatic success’ for Morocco, which adds to a ‘series of important successes’ achieved during the previous year, Letizia told MAP.

Recalling that out of the 47 UNHCR members, 30 supported Morocco’s candidacy over South Africa, which received only 17 votes, the Italian expert in international relations noted that Morocco is “highly committed” to promoting human rights and the principles of the rule of law.

He also highlighted the major advances made by the Kingdom in this field, particularly in the fight against violence against women, adding that the reforms undertaken by Morocco in this regard are “largely welcomed”.

Morocco on Wednesday secured the Presidency of the United Nations Human Rights Council for 2024 in a vote held in Gene
va, receiving support from 30 out of the 47 council members.

Source: Agency Morocaine De Presse

Morocco’s Election to UNHRC Presidency, ‘Recognition of Morocco’s African & Global Position’ in Promoting Human Rights (UPF President)

The overwhelming election of Morocco to the Presidency of the United Nations Human Rights Council for 2024, is “a recognition of the Kingdom’s African and global position” in ‘respecting and promoting human rights”, President of the International Fran…

The overwhelming election of Morocco to the Presidency of the United Nations Human Rights Council for 2024, is “a recognition of the Kingdom’s African and global position” in ‘respecting and promoting human rights”, President of the International Francophone Press Union (French: Union internationale de la presse francophone, UPF), Madiambal Diagne, said.

‘I would like to congratulate the Kingdom of Morocco and its highest authorities, notably HM King Mohammed VI, as well as all the Moroccan people, for this overwhelming and resounding election to the presidency of the United Nations Human Rights Council”, Diagne, also founder of the Senegalese daily “Le Quotidien”, told MAP.

‘It is a recognition of the efforts undertaken by Morocco for many years” in terms of improving its legislative framework and its public environment, UPF president said, adding that this decision to entrust the UNHRC presidency to the Kingdom ‘shall certainly have very positive impact on the political, social and democratic environment
of Morocco’.

Morocco on Wednesday secured the Presidency of the United Nations Human Rights Council for 2024 in a vote held in Geneva, receiving support from 30 out of the 47 council members.

Source: Agency Morocaine De Presse

Morocco’s Presidency of UNHRC to Strengthen This UN Body’s Balance (French Lawyer)

Morocco’s election to the presidency of the United Nations Human Rights Council will strengthen the balance of this UN body, French lawyer and essayist Jérôme Besnard said.

“In a very tense global climate, a Moroccan presidency is a guarantee of bala…


Morocco’s election to the presidency of the United Nations Human Rights Council will strengthen the balance of this UN body, French lawyer and essayist Jérôme Besnard said.

“In a very tense global climate, a Moroccan presidency is a guarantee of balance and common sense,” Besnard, also a professor of public law at Paris-Cité University, told MAP.

Besnard considered that Morocco’s election to the presidency of the UNHRC is a ‘recognition of the main guidelines enshrined in the new Constitution of the Kingdom adopted in 2011 by the will of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, in favor of the rule of law and respect for human rights’.

Morocco on Wednesday secured the Presidency of the United Nations Human Rights Council for 2024 in a vote held in Geneva, receiving support from 30 out of the 47 council members.

Source: Agency Morocaine De Presse

MUFTI DERIAN, QATARI AMBASSADOR DISCUSS GENERAL SITUATION

Grand Mufti of the Lebanese Republic, Sheikh Abdul Latif Derian, on Wednesday received at Dar Al-Fatwa, Qatari Ambassador to Lebanon, Sheikh Saud bin Abdul Rahman bin Faisal Thani, and Minister Plenipotentiary Ali Al-Mutaweh.

Discussions reportedly …


Grand Mufti of the Lebanese Republic, Sheikh Abdul Latif Derian, on Wednesday received at Dar Al-Fatwa, Qatari Ambassador to Lebanon, Sheikh Saud bin Abdul Rahman bin Faisal Thani, and Minister Plenipotentiary Ali Al-Mutaweh.

Discussions reportedly focused on the Lebanese and Arab situation, and means to bolster cooperation between Lebanon and Qatar.

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon