Category Archives: Society

Manal Assi’s Killer Not Getting Away That Easily with Murder

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Mohammad Al Nhaily beat his wife Manal Assi to death with a pressure cooker back in 2014, leaving her to die in front of her two daughters. Last month, The Beirut Criminal Court reduced Nhaily’s sentence from the death penalty to five years in prison, stating that he was in a state of extreme rage at the time of the murder, which means that Nhaily was expected to walk out of prison in around 18 months given that the judicial prison year is only 9 months. The new “lighter” sentence was based on Article 252 of the penal code, which allows for reduced punishment if a crime occurred as a result of extreme rage caused by “dangerous and wrongful action committed by the victim.”

KAFA, along with other activists and human rights groups, staged a protest outside Beirut’s Justice Palace in Adlieh last week and demanded that Nhaily be handed a longer sentence. Following that protest, State Prosecutor Judge Samir Hammoud has appealed the decision issued by Beirut’s Criminal Court and saw the decision to reduce Nouheili’s sentence from the death penalty to five years in prison a mistake in explaining and implementing Article 252 of the Penal Code.

He also pointed out that Manal’s husband should be punished by death penalty in accordance with the Article 549, paragraph 4 of the Penal Code. Nine women have been killed in domestic violence cases in the past 12 months according to Kafa.

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Rape Suspects Of a 16-year-old Girl Cheered by Crowds Following Release

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A month ago, three boys were arrested by the army intelligence after being suspected of raping a 16-year-old over a period of two months in North Lebanon. Early reports were saying that the girl was gang raped at one point and the girl’s aunt said back then “she was worried that political interference by some officials in Tripoli would see the release of the boys”.

A month later, the girl’s testimony changed and she’s saying now that she was willingly having sex with the three boys, the girl’s aunt is being sued and the suspected rapists were all released.

Now I have no idea who’s telling the truth or not, but we are talking about a 16 year old girl who lost her mother at a young age, lost her virginity to her aunt’s husband and lives with her grandfather while her father works abroad. This case obviously needs further investigation and the girl needs professional help. Moreover, cheering the suspected rapists upon their release and giving them a hero’s welcome is probably the worst possible thing to do.

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A Proposed Bill To Prosecute Rapists In Lebanon. Bakkir Wlo!

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Did you know that Article 522 of Lebanon’s penal code allows rapists to get away with their crime if they marry the woman they raped? That article was meant to preserve the “honor and dignity of the victim’s family”, whatever that means, but is a load of B.S and needs to be abolished ASAP.

Lebanese Forces MP Elie Keyrouz is proposing to cancel that law that allows “charges to be dropped against an offender if he marries his victim” and referred his bill to Speaker Nabih Berri. I don’t know what took Lebanese MPs that long to submit such proposal but it’s better late than never, even though I doubt the bill will pass.

Raising the minimum minimum legal age of marriage to 18 is also a must.

Child marriage is still a huge problem in Lebanon and is simply wrong. Check out KAFA’s stunt from last year.

Shameful “Anal Exams” Still Taking Place in Lebanon

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Human Rights Watch published an 82-pages long report on the forced anal examinations on men and transgender women accused of consensual same-sex conduct in which cases were reported in Lebanon in the past five years. The report was based on interviews with 32 men and transgender women who underwent forced anal examinations in Cameroon, Egypt, Kenya, Lebanon, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uganda, and Zambia.

It’s quite shameful to see Lebanon being featured in this report as these “tests of shame” were banned in Lebanon back in 2012 and the Justice minister at the time, Shakib Qortbawi, issued a statement calling for an end to anal examinations on men accused of homosexual conduct. Even the head of the Lebanese Order of Physicians Dr. Sharaf Abu Sharaf issued a directive back then calling for an end of the procedure:

It is scientifically established that this procedure is not even qualified as an experimental procedure. It does not provide the needed result and is considered a grave violation against the people who undergo it, and it is done without their prior consent. It is a humiliating practice that violates their dignity, and it is torture according to the definition of CAT [Convention against Torture].

The reason why anal exams are still being used in Lebanon is due to some doctors, and prosecutors, who are not aware or not complying with the circulars that were issued in 2012. Of course, there are also police members who are still requesting such tests as recently as 2015 as reported by Dr. Sami Kawas, a forensic medicine specialist in Beirut.

The only way to end these tests is to inflict a severe punishment on those who are still conducting it. A warning is not enough as these tests violate article 30 of the Lebanese law on medical ethics, which prohibits doctors from engaging in harmful practices, as well as international standards against torture including the Convention Against Torture and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which Lebanon has ratified.

Any doctor who performs an anal examination should be kicked out of the syndicate and forbidden to work again. Any police officer who requests such tests should be jailed.

Check out the full report [here].

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British Singer Seal Sheds Light On Local Talent During His Beirut Visit

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British Soul and R&B singer Seal was visiting Beirut and held a great, but sort of short, concert on Thursday at the Beiteddine Festival. During his stay, Seal dropped by Beirut Souks where he discovered an aspiring and talented young Lebanese musician called Peter Chouchani and decided to perform with him and share the duet on his Facebook page.

To be honest, I’ve never heard of Peter Chouchani before but I’ve googled a couple of his songs and he’s clearly passionate about music and has a great voice. This is an amazing opportunity for him and I hope the exposure that he got will help him become as popular as Seal. After all, that’s how Seal was discovered and look where he is now.

Here’s the video:

And I found this cover by Peter:

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What Are These Girls Talking About?

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Child marriage continues to be a serious problem in Lebanon and the Middle East. Girls are generally more impacted than boys as they are not physically nor emotionally ready to become wives and mothers. Child marriage is also quite prevalent among Syrian and Palestinian refugees in Lebanon and families seek to marry their teenage girls for protection or economic reasons.

Raising the minimum legal age of marriage to 18 is a must but is unfortunately far fetched in Lebanon.

How Can We Find a Shelter For This Old Man in #Beirut?

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The above picture was shared by Iman Kanaan yesterday with the below text:

Ok guys. I really need your support on this. I found this man on the street today in Beirut. He’s 84 years old and his son kicked him out of his house. He’s been on the street for three months now. He’s sleeping in the mosque at night. Seniors home, Dar el 3ajazi, refused to take him in because they need monthly payments. I can’t believe I’m seeing this in Beirut. I can’t believe what his son did and can’t believe that people passed him by for three months now …. [Full Text]

I can’t really confirm this old man’s story and based on previous experiences, things are always more complicated than they look. Nevertheless, this old man obviously needs help and at least 5 people asked me if I knew any homeless shelters in Beirut and I couldn’t think of any. That’s why I am asking you to kindly share names and contact information of NGOs or organization that take care of homeless people and/or provides them with a safe shelter.

There’s already an online fundraising campaign launched by Iman who has managed to move Jeddo Abdallah (the old man’s name) into a hotel for the weekend until they contact a shelter on Monday.

Abdallah A generous donor donated his hotel stay till Monday

I will share whatever information I get with all the readers as there are plenty of elderly people still living on the streets and in need of safe shelter.

A New Soap For Domestic Workers in Lebanon

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KAFA came up with a new soap “Clensen Ozo Trio” especially made for foreign workers in Lebanon, and offered it to customers in a supermarket to see how they would react to it. Sadly enough, some people were convinced that their foreign workers need a special soap, while others lashed out at the sales woman and accused them of being racist.

According to a study conducted by the American University of Beirut in collaboration with KAFA, and with the support of the International Labor Organization, 27% of Lebanese employers stated that the domestic worker is not clean, yet somehow they allow them to clean their houses and prepare their food.

The video was produced by Uf concepts!

Hayda “Mongolé” He Shouldn’t Work Here

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MBC did a stunt at one of Lebanon’s supermarkets and recorded how people reacted to a customer disrespecting an employee with special needs (both were actors). I loved how EVERYONE stood up for the employee and bashed the customer, and even told the arrogant customer to bag the groceries himself.

Watch the video [here].

PS: I wish people would stop use the term “Mongolé” in Lebanon because it’s demeaning and disrespectful. If you hear a friend or a family member using it, let him know it’s wrong to do so.

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Meet Nasser & Mohammed: Two Children Selling Their Artwork in Mar Mikhail Every Saturday

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Nasser & Mohammed Darwich are two Syrian children from Aleppo. They currently live in Beirut and go to school here. On Saturday, they head out to Mar Mikhail, set up set up a small table outside Internazionale and sell their drawings in the form of postcards to people passing by. I first read about them on Facebook and headed to Mar Mikhail on Saturday to meet the two brothers and buy some postcards.

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One of them was there in his school costume sitting on a tiny table. He was very polite and kept smiling at me. The drawings were all colorful and positive, depicting Beirut’s busy streets, Mar Mikhail’s nightlife, old houses next to skyscrapers etc. I ended up buying 6 postcards.

I love what these brothers are doing and how cheerful and positive they are. I didn’t ask them about Aleppo or Syria or about their family. I’m sure the last thing they need is a reminder of the atrocities happening there. What matters is that they are in good health, they are going to school and they are working for a better future.

You can catch them 2-6 every Saturday. They go to school on the other days.

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