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Law and Politics of “Safe Zones” and Forced Return to Syria: Refugee Politics in Lebanon

January 12, 2018 | 43 Pages | English | Sami Atallah and Dima Mahdi

The Lebanese Center for Policy Studies

This paper—funded by the European Regional Development and Protection Programme for the Middle East—aims to assess how political developments in Lebanon could amplify calls for the forced return of Syrian refugees to Syria or the establishment of “safe zones”.

Based on interviews with key stakeholders such as Lebanese government officials, political party members, security sector experts, and humanitarian actors, as well as a review of media reports, this paper features three main arguments.

First, the Lebanese state does not intend to formalize a national response toward the humanitarian crisis unless it is focused on the repatriation of Syrian refugees to Syria.

Second, Lebanese political discord has paved the way for non-state actors, particularly Hezbollah, to take the lead in the promotion of safe areas in Syria and negotiate the repatriation of Syrian refugees to Syria.

Third, in the absence of a national framework, refugee policies are de facto dictated by municipalities and security agencies.

Recognizing these factors, this paper calls for the development of a structured national response plan that outlines roles for stakeholders and bestows upon refugees their rights under international and Lebanese law; agreeing upon a rubric by which the repatriation of Syrian refugees can be discussed nationally and ensuring that such a policy would be carried out in a manner that respects refugees’ human rights and dignity; and introducing viable accountability mechanisms between local and national governments.

Your social thermometer

Would you rather be the smartest person in the room or the least informed?

If you’re the smartest, you can generously teach others. On the other hand, if you’re the least informed and hungry to level up, you couldn’t ask for a better place to be.

When you walk into a room, do you look around to see if you’re the best dressed, the tallest, the most powerful, the richest, the prettiest, the best connected? Or are you hoping that people with some of those attributes are there, ready to share what they know with you?

Some people walk three steps behind the group, no matter how fast the group is walking. Others will tire themselves out, throwing elbows if necessary, to be first in line. Some people interrupt a lot, others are begging to be interrupted.

This changes over time, day by day even, depending on what we’re looking for. And it happens in just about all the social settings in our lives. The challenge is finding a place that creates the change you seek. Too often, we go to conferences or parties or professional events where everyone is looking for someone other than us. Someone they can dominate or brush up against, someone they know or want to pitch…

It’s easy to decide to level up. It takes guts to put yourself into a mix where it’s actually going to happen.

Today’s the last day for early applications for the April session of the altMBA. More than 1,800 people have enrolled in sessions of our small-group workshop so far, and it might be worth considering. After Monday, applicants pay a higher tuition.

Surrounding yourself with people in a hurry to get where you’re going is a great way to get there.

Defining a person of action
If your activities takes two-third of your day that have nothing to do with taking care of your uniqueness, you are another slave, disguised as a free person for the convenience of your community.
« Ce qui fait ordinairement défaut aux hommes d’action, c’est l’activité supérieure, j’entends l’activité individuelle.
Ils agissent en qualité de fonctionnaires, négociants, savants, c’est-à-dire de représentants d’une espèce, et non point en êtres uniques, doués d’une individualité bien définie ;
Sous ce rapport-là, ce sont des paresseux.
C’est le malheur des hommes d’action que leur activité soit presque toujours un peu irraisonnée…
Tous les hommes, c’est vrai de nos jours comme ce le fut de tout temps, se divisent en esclaves et en êtres libres:
Car celui qui, de sa journée, n’a pas les deux tiers à soi est un esclave, qu’il soit au demeurant ce qu’il voudra : homme d’Etat, marchand, fonctionnaire, savant.
Il roule comme roule la pierre, conformément à l’absurdité de la mécanique .» Friedrich Nietzsche
Œuvres philosophiques complètes, Gallimard, traduction de l’édition Colli-Montinari, sous la responsabilité de Gilles Deleuze et Maurice de Gandillac. Friedrich Nietzsche en uniforme en 1864




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