We are committed to defend human rights and humanitarian laws, dedicated to promote freedom and equality, and devoted to advocate values of democracy in Lebanon.
The Foundation for Human and Humanitarian Rights (Lebanon) was founded in 1989 by a group of concerned Lebanese. It is an independent non-governmental human rights organization. The original founding group had 6 Jurists (4 were at the time senior judges) and many university professors, journalists and intellectuals at large. The motive behind founding the FHHRL was the then protracted Lebanese war which gave the founders a firm conviction that peace in Lebanon takes human rights more than just a cessation of hostilities. The postâ€‘war Lebanon should be founded on firm bases. The act of association describes the FHHRL as an "interâ€‘state, inter-faith, interâ€‘party and interâ€‘ethnic forum". It goes on to highlight four fields of activities: monitoring, examining laws, advocacy and education. In the years which followed, other activities were added: women, youth, environment, and as of June 2001 a section was set up for the Lebanese detainees from Syrian and Israeli prisons.
Nowadays, the FHHRL enjoys general recognition as the leading human rights organization in Lebanon. It earned this reputation out of its unbending opposition to all forms of violations of human rights.
The FHHRL's monitoring of the Lebanese laws started with its commentary on the Taif Agreement from the point of view of human rights. This study is the most thorough and serious one published, and is still serving as a reference to the accord which ended the Lebanese War. A long list of studies and commentaries on laws was completed by the FHHRL. One is its opposition to the Law of Real Estate Ownership By Foreigners which the FHHRL considers a racist law as it singles out the Palestinians and deprives them of an inalienable right granted to all other collectivities.
As for advocacy, the cases which the FHHRL sponsors are many. Some were taken up before de-facto armed groups dominating the scene throughout the Lebanese war years, following which complaints were filed to the Lebanese authorities. Our records contain individual and collective, nationals and nonâ€‘nationals, all being victims of human rights denials and violations.
Moreover, the FHHRL developed an education program to promote the Human Rights values in Lebanon and the region. A course was tailored for this purpose and is being given in several universities in an extended manner. But the FHHRL does not stop at this point. It provides training in Human Rights theory and practice to the general public, and also organizes seminars to whoever is interested.
Another important activity of the Foundation is the publication of a considerable number of legal studies, case studies, reports, and so on...