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Human Rights/Droits de l’Homme

Le cabinet de Maître Salam ABDEL SAMAD est disponible pour fournir à ses clients les informations, ainsi que les moyens nécessaires leur permettant d’avoir accès à une meilleure connaissance de leurs droits et par suite, de les valoir devant la justice.

C’est un cabinet qui procède à garantir le principe de l’égalité devant la loi.

Pour ces raisons, le cabinet de Maître Salam ABDEL SAMAD est le conseiller juridique de la plateforme Euromed – Liban, et son patron est le secrétaire général.

A savoir que cette organisation ait pour objectif la promotion du partenariat Euro-méditerranéen sur la base de la justice sociale, les principes de l’égalité et le respect des droits de l’homme.

Toutefois, le cabinet de Maître Salam ABDEL SAMAD ne cesse pas de participer à toutes les activités de Droits de l’homme, on cite à titre d’exemple :

  • The united High Commissioner for refugees and Frontiers association (en 2007).
  • L’institut International de droit de l’homme (en 2002).
  • L’institut Arabe des droits de l’homme en Tunisie avec le soutien du gouvernementnéerlandais (en 2005)
  • Regional workshop on Action for the rights of children held in Beirut, Lebanon (en 2005).
  • Les assemblés générales de l’Euromed – comité pilote.
  • Sessions de formation des Droits de l’Homme : thèmes – Droit à la vie, à l’environnement, à la paix, etc.

      Récemment, le bureau s’intéresse aux opérations  de constitution des organisations que se soient locales ou internationales auprès du Ministère de                   l’intérieureet autre autorité concernées, ainsi qu'aux affaires juridiques inhérentes aux susdites organisations.

Human Rights / NRC Report

As a recognized establishment, the Salam Abdul Samad Law Firm is dedicated to a varietyof national as well as international issues. One of the many significant issues is the question ofPalestinian immigration with emphasis on how to advance and protect their refugee rights inLebanon.

Hence, our firm continues to be active in dealing with refugee rights. Most recently the Salam Abdul Samad Law Firm participated in the Norwegian Refugee Council's (NRC) conferenceregarding challenges facing Palestinian refugees' ban on real estate ownership in Lebanon. Our experience made in the NRC conference is partly reflected here. The meeting raised importantquestions and problems at hand, while creating debate among the participants on refugee rights andthe advancement thereof. For further details on the conference, please view the PDF file attached inthe final section of the report.
1- NRC Introduction
After a brief welcome speech made by the NRC team on behalf of the Legal Aid Network and itsmembers, Dr. Khalil Al Dahdah was invited up to present to everyone participating the situationfacing Palestinian refugees regarding their ban on real estate ownership in Lebanon. All attendantswere provided with a legal handbook on real estate rights in Lebanon and the workings of NRC.
The opening presentation included information about:
. The importance of maintaining universal civic rights
. Facts about Palestinian presence in Lebanon
. Briefing of the law acquiring real estate rights for non-Lebanese in Lebanon
. The Legal Aid Network: Main objectives and aims

2- Aim of the Report

To examine the difference attitudes towards immigration from A Human Rights perspective.
To promote and advance Human Rights issues within the legal sphere.
To compare the attitude towards immigration which we encountered at the meeting with the attitudes our firm has become familiar with in Scandinavian countries and their relation to Human Rights.

3-The Objective of The Conference
The firm's role was to attend the meeting with the objective to observe the manner ofdebate about the challenges facing Palestinian refugees.
The Palestinian situation in Lebanon is one of great controversy, thus we expected adiscussion that reflected the wide range of attitudes to capture the tension surroundingthis topic.
4- Observations and Data Collected

The legal issue inherent in the Palestinian situation was clearly presented throughout theLectures.
The discussion which followed similarly raised the notions on immigration which ourfirm had encountered before in Scandinavian countries. These include concerns such aspreserving national identity and culture, protection of jobs amidst national economicchallenges as well as the economic and institutional burden of assisting Palestinianimmigrants in Lebanon.

5- Main points and Recommendations
This NRC conference displayed that the debate regarding civil and human rights isAn Ongoing issue in certain circles of the judicial branch as well as civil society in Lebanon.
Such debates among similar groups are given more attention through media coverage inScandinavia and thus more visible, the NRC meeting reflected a step towards a moreflourishing civil society in Lebanon.
One could recommend that grass-root organizations such as the NRC to take a greaterInitiative to promote and organize similar events but to a greater audience.
6- Conclusion

The Palestinian immigration and their civil rights in Lebanonstands as a significant issue at hand which the NRC has successfully raised throughDebate and mediation. Similarly the Salam Abdul Samad Law Firm shall stay engaged with theissue facing Palestinian refugees regarding their ban on real estate ownership inLebanon. We realize that instruments such as mediation through legal branches, publicSpheres and the media are significant means to keep pressure and emphasis on the issueat hand.
The Salam Abdul Samad Law Firm will continue to work with this vital issue inthe future and is prepared to make further contributions to the Palestinian immigrationCase in Lebanon.

A comparative study between Lebanon and Scandinavian countries

At Salam Abdul Samad Law Firm we seek to look beyond our own national borders andespecially towards Scandinavia for comparison and debate because of the regions renownedaccomplishments with civil society development and -inclusion. Therefore, the educationalbackground and experience with the Danish Human Rights situation of our partner abroad canenable our firm to make an interesting comparison of Lebanese governance and civil society efforts.

A- On Governance and Human Rights Principles

Among various objectives, the Salam Abdul Samad Law Firm is dedicated to examine thecharacter of Lebanese governance and their advancement of Human Rights. Our firm believes thatone of the most interesting ways to do so is through comparative research. On this basis, our firmdecided to collaborate on an international basis with partners abroad. One of these has been FadiDaouk, a member of the Salam Abdul Samad Law Firm who was active by promoting the Lebanesesituation through a comparison to the Danish model for governance in the field of HR.

Denmark was selected on the basis of the significant accomplishments made by Scandinaviancountries in the field of civil society development. Partners such as Fadi Daouk offered our firm asignificant opportunity to gain insight into the culture of CSOs in Denmark and was thus of greatinterest to our firm's objective in promoting Human Rights issues internationally.

By employing this comparative perspective, The slam Abdul Samad Law firm aims to:

1. Exemplify to what extent there is a difference in the ways in which governments have developed and carried out their responsibilities towards their citizens.
2. Show the governance and the manners of promoting particular principles are far from similar. This is most clear when looking into principles such as Human Rights which are supposed to be universal in nature and practice.
This tab will present the findings our firm has made through the research represented by FadiDaouk. Our findings consist of qualitative research, field studies and reports.

B- Human Rights Initiatives and Situations

Governance and development as reflected in the field of HR-protection in Lebanon is significantwhen comparing it the Danish case.

Whereas Lebanon faces challenges in terms of state legitimacy in national affairs, theDanish government displays a more secure relation between its citizens and itself. For instance, Lebanon can been considered as undergoing a detrimental process for itslegal independence in the sense that a politicization of the judicial branch continues tooccurSuch dependence between the political and judicial branch of government is, on theother hand, not visible in the Danish manner of governance. It can be argued that this judicial independence in government provides better groundsfor the prosecution and protection against HR violations.

There has been a long tradition for the protection and advancement of Human Rights inDanish politics. Progress within the field of HR has advanced Denmark on specific areasof action.

These include freedom of speech, freedom of religion, racism, children's rights, disabilityrights, torture, Human Rights defenders and the latest phenomena known as corporatesocial responsibility (CSR. (
In this sense, Denmark has shown a more noteworthy and diverse capacity ingovernance to advance efforts in HR-protection.
References used:
Domingo, Pilar ”Judicialization of politics or politicization of the judiciary? Recent trendsin Latin America” Recent trends in Latin America, Democratization, 11:1, 104-126, 2010