Open Letter To
French President Jacques Chirac
Toronto 15 July 1998
On the occasion of the Syrian Presidents visit to France, we wish
to expressly draw your attention to the
- Hundreds of innocent Lebanese citizens from all religions and different political
affiliations remain arbitrarily detained in the Syrian notorious jails and detention
centers both in Lebanon and Syria without known charges, trials or even knowledge of their
families in regards to their whereabouts. According to the Lebanese and international
human rights organizations these detainees are exposed to extremely inhumane condition and
deprived from proper medical and psychological care.
- The Syrian troops are occupying Lebanon in contrary to all international laws, United
Nations resolutions, human rights charter, local and regional accords and most importantly
against the will of the Lebanese people. These troops are devastating the country and its
people on all levels and in all domains and sectors, especially labour manpower. One and a
half million Syrian illegal individuals are competing with the impoverished and oppressed
Lebanese people in every available kind of work.. Because of this imposed status most of
the Lebanese people especially the young are forced to Leave country to look for jobs in
other countries, including France, USA, Canada, Australia etc.
- Israel recently recognized the UN 425 Resolution for the first time in 20 years and
asked the Lebanese regime to assume its security responsibilities in the Security Zone to
make it possible for its troops to withdraw from the South Bekkah regions. The
Syrian-controlled Lebanese government refused the offer although Israel did not ask for a
peace treaty at this time. Mr. President keeping the Israelis in the South and the Syrians
in the rest of Lebanon will not serve the peace process in the Middle East, and definitely
will not help the people of Lebanon to regain their confiscated independence and oppressed
- All human rights, even the basic one are infringed on by both the Lebanese regime and
the Syrian troops who resort to inhumane, illegal Stalinist, police tactics to oppress and
muffle those who call for sovereignty, independence, freedoms and withdrawal of all
foreign troops. Numerous well-documented Human rights international organizations speak
clearly about thousands of on going atrocities.
- The Hariri government in spite of all the deceptive media propaganda, and forged studies
and reports is in fact dragging the country into an imminent financial catastrophe.
According to highly specialized neutral resources the Lebanese national debt is expected
to jump next year to $ 26 billion. Mr. President you are also aware that the Hariri
government was appointed by Syria and is composed of warlords and Mafia men. This
government as well as all Lebanons governments since 1990 were not chosen or elected
by the Lebanese people and accordingly do not represent their hopes and aspirations.
- Mr. President, in general there is nothing right in occupied Lebanon currently, a
disastrous Syrian-imposed status quo very similar to what France endured during the Nazi
occupation era. Mr. President there is a popular Lebanese proverb that says "who
knows better the pain than those who experienced it". The great people of France went
through the bitterness of the Nazi occupation and definitely share with us the oppressed
Lebanese people our pain, frustration and agony.
Mr. President, on the behalf of all the
patriotic people in occupied Lebanon and millions of Lebanese living in
Diaspora who share with the great people of
France the same values of freedom, democracy, peace and
respect for human rights we ask you to convince the Syrian
- To authorize all Lebanese prisoners under the Syrian control to receive visits from
their families and their lawyers and to receive adequate medical care.
- To guarantee the physical and psychological security of prisoners prohibiting the use of
torture during interrogation and detention.
- To release immediately and without delay all persons against which no charges have been
filed, and to swiftly bring to trial all detainees who have been charged, in accordance
with international standards of judicial laws and in accordance to Charter of Human
- To abide by the terms of the Taef Accord and withdraw his troops from Lebanon, leaving
its peace loving people manage their own affairs in accordance to democracy and
- Recognize officially once and forever, the independence of the state of Lebanon and the
significant Lebanese identity, culture, history and the unique Lebanese multi-cultural
characteristics. The people of Lebanon want him to put an end for his on going scheme to
annex Lebanon and exchange ambassadors between the two countries as all independent
countries do with each other.
- To order the one and a half million Syrians illegally competing with the people of
Lebanon on their bread to go back to Syria.
Mr. President, France has always championed freedoms
and democracy. We ask you and your government to help the
Lebanese people elect their own representatives without any intimidation or interference
non-Lebanese troops under the supervision of the United Nation and free
world countries. We ask you
to help our people form a transitional Lebanese government in which all
the Lebanese factions are represented after the withdrawal
of all foreign troops and all their proxies.
Mr. President, the people of Lebanon are capable to
handle their own affairs if left alone, help us to regain own
independence and freedom again and send the Syrians back to
Syria and the Israelis to Israel.
Long live France
Long live Lebanon.
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