Lebanese Foundation for Permanente Civil Peace

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Decision no 304 A.D.

Published in the Official Bulletin ( Beirut , Lebanon ), no 5, 29/1/1987




The Lebanese Foundation for Permanent Civil Peace was founded in 1987. It aims at promoting theoretical and practical works concerning the Lebanese experience both a rich and painful episode. Common suffering can generate a renewed collective memory and a better immunized civil society against internal as well as external dangers. The Foundation has propagated concepts that had already been integrated into the Lebanese cultural field: the right to a memory, national contrition, the school of the people, the identity of our suffering, an analysis of war in its aftermath, an accounting approach of common properties… The Foundation sets out to diffuse a civic culture distinct from controversy among rival associates.

The Foundation aims at promoting permanent civil peace in Lebanon through the following means:

" 1. Awakening the collective conscience to both the inanity of transforming external conflicts into internal ones and the cost of such conflicts as concerns the country's entity, the interests of the population and the role of Lebanon in its environment, considering the fact that national unity is the criterion of allegiance to the country, that concordance between communities represents Lebanon's supreme cause and that no other cause, no matter how glorious, can outrank the search for unity.

" 2. Contributing to the construction of a Lebanese culture based on the national history and contemporary human sciences, whose principal elements are: the rejection of all forms of triumphalism, exclusion and isolationism, the consolidation of the constants of the system related to democratic participation, peaceful regulation of conflicts and the dynamic evolution of these principles within and endogenous development patterns."

The purpose of the Foundation is to gather up the strength of its members for the benefit of the Lebanese society.

The Foundation, far from any politicized competition and mobilization, principally focuses its attention on the problems of civic culture which is considered as the infrastructure of permanent civil peace, especially in the case of Lebanon whose history is rich in negociated regulation of conflicts.

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The Foundation is directed by an executive committee of six members elected for three years, on July 4, 2005: Mr. Wassef Haraké, lawyer; Mr. Hassan Kawas, judge; Mrs Marie-Thérèse Khair-Badawi, professor of Psychology at Saint Joseph University; Mr. Sami Makarem, professor of Philosophy at American University of Beirut; Mr. Antoine Messarra, professor at Lebanese University; Mr. Ibrahim Traboulsi, lawyer and professor at the Faculty of Law at Saint Joseph University.

The General Secretary is a post alternatively assumed on a six-months basis according to Article 10 of the Statutes.

The Foundation is regulated by Statutes (12 Articles) and Internal Regulations (17 Articles).

The works of the Foundation, edited in academic and university publications, are diffused and applied in various domains.

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The Lebanese foundation for Permanent Civil Peace is today considered as one of the most active NGOs in Lebanon and the Arab world.

The Lebanese Foundation for Permanent Civil Peace received an award form the UNDP and the Joseph and Laure Moghaizel Foundation for "Civil peace and human rights" on May 16, 1997. Twenty foundations were nominated for the award. In the reasons for giving this award to the foundation was the following:

"The arbitral committee made its decision based on three factors:

First : The nomination of the Lebanese Foundation for Permanent Civil Peace is in conformity with the two bases of the award: civil peace and human rights.

Second : The contribution of the Foundation through its works to the founding and development of a national culture in terms of civil peace and human rights, starting from theory to field work and vice-versa.

Third : The quantity and quality and national context of the Foundation's achievements that are continual and global" ( an-Nahar , 19/5/1997).

The Express international magazine ( Paris ) writes in a Dossier about Lebanon :

“By watching the Lebanese society as he has done, sociologist Antoine Messarra has acquired a sort of kindly detachment that allows him to explain without condemning. An untiring observer, he has found in Lebanon matter to deepen his theses on interactive pluralism. A devoted advocate of democracy, this political sciences Professor has always been in the lead to defend freedom. Messarra does not only teach the generations of young Lebanese that have been following his courses for years true respect for one another and the need for a frail and complex regime like Lebanon to have real representation but he also organizes seminars and publishes books in order to cast away the ghosts that tore his country apart. He has launched with the cooperation of the E.U., project: “Monitoring Democracy in Lebanon ” to guard some of this region's rare values.”

L'Express International (Paris) – Dossier: “The One Hundred Persons that Make Lebanon Move” , no 2592, 8-14/03/2001, p. 9.

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The Lebanese Foundation for Permanent Civil Peace has organized the following collective researches and seminars:

 

The Right to a memory , 1 st seminar, in cooperation with Ayia Napa Conference Center ( Cyprus ), July 8-12, 1987 .

The Road to a Lawful State , 2 nd seminar, May 11-15, in cooperation with Ayia Napa Conference Center (Cyprus), 1988 and 3 rd seminar in Saida (Lebanon), May 4, 1991.

The Identity of our Suffering, 4 th seminar, Tripoli ( Lebanon ), January 12, 1991 .

The Lebanese message, 5 th seminar, in cooperation with Ayia Napa Conference Center ( Cyprus ), August 4-8, 1992 .

Building Peace: The needs of Lebanon in applied Human Sciences, 6 th seminar, in cooperation with Ayia Napa Conference Center ( Cyprus ), August 4-8, 1992 .

Citizen for Tomorrow (Didactic Productions in Civic Culture ), in cooperation with National Endowment for Democracy (Washington), vol. 1, 7 th seminar, Beirut, November 13, 1993, and four workshops, in cooperation with National Endowment for Democracy, 1995-1998.

Building of Democracy (Problems and Strategies for the Lebanon in the aftermath of war), in cooperation with Konrad Adenauer Foundation, 8 th seminar, Beirut and Mount Lebanon , June 24-26, 1994 .

Social Policies in Lebanon , in cooperation with Centre de Recherches pour le Développement International (Ottawa), 9 th seminar, Beirut, February 4, 1995.

Lebanese Political Parties ( Strategy for Peace and Democracy for Tomorrow), in cooperation with Konrad Adenauer Foundation, 10 th seminar, Beirut, March 11, 1995; 11 th seminar, October 21-22, 1995; 12 th seminar, March 7-8, 1997.

Economy for Social Justice , 13 th , 14 th and 17 th seminars, in cooperation with Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Zahle, Saida and Beirut, May 17, June 21 and December 5,1997.

Permanent Civil Peace in Lebanon: Problematic and Strategies for Tomorrow , 15 th seminar, in cooperation with Ayia Napa Conference Center ( Cyprus ), September 10-15, 1997 .

Professional Unions in Lebanon: Strategy of Participation and Social Democracy, 19 th , 21 th , 22 th , and 23 th seminars, in cooperation with Konrad Adenauer Foundation, October 30, 1998 (Beirut); May 22 (Tripoli), June 11 (Zahleh), October 29, 1999 (Saida).

Civil Society in Lebanon and its Development , 16 th , 18 th and 20 th seminars, in cooperation with Mercy Corps International, Beirut, October 17-18, 1997; May 14-15, 1998; and February 25-26, 1999.

You and the Law (Relations between citizens and public administrations), 23th seminar and workshops, in cooperation with National Endowment for Democracy, 1996-1999.

Observatory of Permanent Civil Peace in Lebanon , 25 th and 26 th seminars, in cooperation with Ayia Napa Conference Center ( Cyprus ), September 3-7, 1999 and August
14-19,2000 .

Actors in Social Policies in Lebanon : Problems and Strategy, 27th seminar, in cooperation with Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Dec. 1, 2000 .

Peace throught Cultural Dialogue, 28th seminar, in cooperation with the Centre of Arabo-Iranian Studies in Lebanese University , 11-21 April 2001.

Electoral Geography in Lebanon: Conditions of Democratic Representation , in cooperation with Konrad Adenauer Foundation (2001-2002).

Strengthening Local Governance: Initiative, Participation and Citizenship at Local Level in Lebanon , in cooperation with National Endowment for Democracy (2001-2003).

Lebanese Legislation Monitor (NGO, MPS and Media Advocating for Democracy and Human Rights), in cooperation with National Endowment for Democracy (2004-2007).

Education to the rule of Law in Lebanon , in cooperation with Culture of Lawfulness Project (2004).

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