Non-Arab participants will be invited too, so that
the Arab World image can be reflected from other regions and points
Participants will visit the local branch of the Cultural Council
of South Lebanon as well as many villages and cites in the southern
part of the country liberated last year after 22 years of Israeli
Under the auspices of the Cultural
Council of South Lebanon, a regional meeting will be held in
Dar al Inaya (South Lebanon) from 21st to 24th June, to associate
the Arab World with the four continental assemblies.
Some thirty researchers, political activists, journalists and representatives
of social movements from Lebanon, Syria, Algeria, Tunisia, Jordan,
Palestine, Iraq and Egypt will present an overview of the political,
economical, social and cultural situation of the region.
The discussions will focus basically on how activists and intellectuals
can support the Palestinian Intifada, the people of Iraq facing
the embargo, and struggles of all people for freedom and progress.
Presentations will also cover issues of :
- the need for reforms and democratization within
- human rights abuses by Arab regimes;
- the role of "civil society" in promoting development
and citizenship values;
- the role of Culture within processes of resistance, liberation
and democratic construction (culture against domination, role
- political and economical impacts of globalization on the region.
Finally, a solemn declaration for
the Arab World will be read on the last day of the meeting in
a symbolic location: Khyam (South Lebanon), a place that during
Israeli occupation was used as a jail for members of the Lebanese
resistance and political prisoners.