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Launching of Human Rights Watch Art book

12, Dec. 2016 News
Human Rights Watch published its first art book, “War/Identities – When Words Aren’t Enough,” to raise awareness about human rights issues in Lebanon and encourage public engagement in the fight for universal human rights. The book was launched at a public event Thursday evening at Beirut’s Dar El-Nimer for Arts and Culture. Divided in two parts, it features work by 41 local Lebanese and Palestinian artists and highlights artists and art work that tackled human rights issues in Lebanon, ranging from women’s rights to torture, disappeared, refugees, migrants, LGBT and many other topics.

As a member of the Human Rights Watch Beirut committee, Jean Riachi CEO of FFA Private Bank, gave a speech at the book launching event. "Everybody in Human Rights Watch Beirut Committee is concerned by human rights abuses and dedicated to help the organization fulfill its mission" said Mr. Riachi. "We live in a country where patronage provides protection to individuals; It works, but it doesn't work for everyone. We prefer a system where the law protects the people. We have in this country communities who are victims of abuse and nobody is ready to protect them. Our mission is to investigate and expose those abuses. Our role in the Beirut Committee is to help the organization get the financial resources to achieve its mission." All book sales will go toward HRW’s work in Lebanon.

Mr. Riachi also thanked Mrs. Lama Sioufi, Mr. Saleh Barakat and book author Marie Tomb for the "piece of art" book.

Human Rights Watch is an independent, international organization that works as part of a vibrant movement to uphold human dignity and advance the cause of human rights for all.