Lebanon’s Movement for Accountability: How Lebanon’s International Partners Can Support the Path to Justice

Four years on from the onset of Lebanon’s economic and political crisis and three years on from the cataclysmic Beirut port explosion, the criminal architects and beneficiaries of the country’s corrupt political system are still in power. After over 30 years of corruption and financial mismanagement as Lebanon’s Central Bank Governor, Riad Salameh has been sanctioned by the US, UK, and Canada for his financial crimes and role in the financial crisis. While this is a key step, it only scratches the surface of what is needed to begin holding the architects of Lebanon’s political, economic, and humanitarian crises to account. Lebanese officials have openly boasted their plans to evade any of the reforms called for by various protest movements or mandated by the IMF’s negotiated loan program. In the face of shameless impunity for the Beirut Blast, corruption, and targeted political violence such as the February 2021 assassination of Lokman Slim, Lebanon’s political opposition, civil society, activists, journalists, lawyers, victims’ families and everyday citizens are working tirelessly for lasting change. The United States and other international actors can play a pivotal role in amplifying their demands and contributing to the path to justice, accountability, and a future political system that delivers on its responsibility to its people. 

On Wednesday, September 27, at 6:00pm in Washington, DC, join the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP) for an in-person discussion with a delegation of advocates for justice and accountability in Lebanon. Zena Wakim, human rights lawyer and president of the Swiss foundation Accountability Now; Alia Ibrahim, founding president of independent digital media platform Daraj; Monika Borgmann, co-founder of Umam Productions and Umam Documentation & Research and widow of the assassinated political activist Lokman Slim; and Sami Halabi, co-founder and Director of Policy at Triangle and editor-in-chief of Badil, will explore the creative pathways to justice and accountability in Lebanon and the critical role that the US can play in supporting that work. 

Panelists will explore questions such as: What strategies and tools are being leveraged to secure accountability for the crimes of Lebanon’s elite, including the Beirut blast, decades of corruption and theft, and targeted political assassinations? How can knowledge production, investigative journalism, advocacy, and litigation work together to deliver justice for the country? Why should the US have an interest in accountability, including for any current and former partners who are complicit? Where can US leadership and pressure be most effective in the pursuit of accountability and anti-corruption measures in Lebanon?

This event is invite-only; however, we have limited seating available to the public. To RSVP, please send an email to TIMEP Senior Programs and Communications Associate Audrey Bolus at [email protected] if you would like to attend, and we will let you know if we are able to secure a seat for you.

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