Responding to calls by Lebanese civil society organizations to come to their
war-ravaged country, another batch of parliamentarians and civil society
representatives from various countries are going on an international peace
and solidarity delegation to Lebanon from August 12 to 16.
This delegation includes representatives from the Philippines, Brazil,
France, Norway, India, and Spain.
Among them are two members of parliament, two representatives from the
international farmers' movement La Via Campesina, a representative from
Brazil's main trade union confederation and the continental alliance
Hemispheric Social Alliance, a journalist, and other peace and human rights
activists. (please see full list below)
The delegation hopes to convey solidarity with the people of Lebanon; gather
first-hand information on the impact of the war; better understand the
current political situation in the country; and add their voices to their
global call for an immediate and unconditional ceasefire.
In Lebanon, the delegation will inspect areas hit by Israeli missiles; visit
relief centers and hospitals; meet with a broad range of civil society and
political organizations; speak with top officials of the Lebanese
government; and meet with migrant workers' also in the country.
This delegation is the latest batch to go to Lebanon upon the invitation of
local groups and it is hoped that more will follow in the future.
Walden Bello, Focus on the Global South
Kjeld Jakobsen, CUT Brazil and Hemispheric Social Alliance
Gérard Durand, Confédération Paysanne, France, La Via Campesina
Kari Kobberoed Brustad, Norsk Bonde – Og Smabrukarlag, Norway, La Via
Mujiv Hataman, Member of Parliament, Anak Mindanao, Philippines
Herbert Docena, Focus on the Global South
Seema Mustafa, Resident Editor, Asian Age
Feroze Mithiborwala, Forum Against War and Terror, Mumbai
Kamal Chenoy, All India Peace and Solidarity Organisation, Coalition for
Nuclear Disarmament and Peace (CNDP), India
Mohammed Salim, Member of Parliament, Communist Party of India (Marxist),
Vijaya Chauhan, Rashtra Seva Dal, India (Youth Organization)
Germán Guillot, interpreter (French/Spanish/English/Arabic)
FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
Herbert Docena, Focus on the Global South: +639178874372
Kari Brustad, La Via Campesina: +47 90534238
Paul Nicholson, La Via Campesina: +34636451566
We will send out a local Lebanese mobile number once the mission arrives in