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"Without general elections, without freedom of the press, freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, without the free battle of opinions, life in every public institution withers away, becomes a caricature of itself, and bureaucracy rises as the only deciding factor."

Rosa Luxemburg
Die Russische Revolution (1940)
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About us

The Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung Beirut Office is the Program Office of the German, non-profit organization Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung.

In May 2017, Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung’s Beirut Office opened its doors as one of 17 Program Offices in an internationally expanding network. Closely affiliated with Germany’s left party “Die Linke”, the foundation has been working to promote democratic and social change across the globe since 1990. Through cooperation with local and international partners, we aim to foster alternative economic development, and to empower disadvantaged groups, while also focusing on conflict prevention, and post-conflict reconciliation. Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung’s objectives are to provide political education programs, support academic research and insights into social dynamics, and offer assistance to civil society initiatives.

The Beirut office currently works within Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq, in close cooperation with local partner institutions, groups, and individuals on site. Located in Lebanon, and in close proximity to the ongoing conflicts in Syria and the (post-)conflict dynamics in Iraq, the Beirut office utilizes a specific programmatic trajectory in order to address the preeminent processes. Our work mainly focuses on the promotion of “positive peace” and the eradication of structural violence, engaging with the implications of migration, statelessness, and human rights, and advocating for leftist perspectives and actors.  

To learn more about the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung Beirut Office and its work, please see our program, projects, and publications.

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About us

The RLS Beirut Office is the Program Office of the German, non-profit organization Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung.

The Beirut office currently works within Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq, in close cooperation with local partner institutions, groups, and individuals on site. Located in Lebanon, and in close proximity to the ongoing conflicts in Syria and the (post-)conflict dynamics in Iraq, the Beirut office utilizes a specific programmatic trajectory in order to address the preeminent processes.

To learn more about the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung Beirut Office and its work, please see our projects and publications.

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Program

The Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung Beirut Office is currently focusing on three thematic programs

The Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung Beirut Office is currently focusing on three thematic programs: the promotion of “positive peace” and the eradication of structural violence, engaging with the implications of migration, statelessness, and human rights, and advocating for leftist perspectives and actors.

“Positive Peace”/Structural Violence

Positive Peace is a concept originally formulated by the sociologist Johann Galtung in the 1960s. It means the absence of not only direct, but also of structural violence, such as the hidden violence produced by poverty, hunger, human rights abuses, and discrimination. In this program, we therefore focus on highlighting and analyzing different forms of structural violence in Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq, as well as various forms of resistance and collective action to confront structural violence. Our current projects look at socio-economic and gender inequalities, transformative and social justice, and topics of social and human rights.

Migration

Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq have been countries with diverse migration movements for decades. One of our thematic programs is therefore a broad engagement with the topic of migration. We mainly focus on the access of migrants, refugees, and stateless people to social and human rights, as well as the challenges faced by these groups due to their denial of these rights. We also look at the self-organization of migrants and refugees in Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq and support different forms of grass root activism.

Leftist Perspectives/Actors

As a political foundation that fosters networks of emancipatory political, social, and cultural initiatives, and that advocates for a dialogue between the Global North and South conducted on equal footing, one of our objectives is to highlight leftist and progressive political perspectives and ideas in the region. While, on one hand, we seek to support these actors in their local work and activism,, we also want to reflect their positions and perspectives into a German and international context and promote the exchange between different leftist networks and actors.

Cooperation with the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung Beirut Office
One of the objectives of our work is to support projects related to these thematic programs. We therefore support small initiatives by individuals, collectives and/or organisations financially, content wise and/or logistically.
If you are working on a project related to our thematic programs, please send a concept note (approximately 1 page) of your project stating the objective of your project and why it fits within one of our programs. Please also include a budget and a short description about yourself. Send your application to info.beirut@rosalux.org
Find our latest calls for bidders/vacancies and projects here.

Projects

Bidayat Issue No. 18

December 2017 – February 2018, Bidayat Issue No. 18 : On the occasion of the centenary of the Russian October Revolution of 1917, Bidayat releases an issue on revolution in different times and places, looking back on the events since the Arab Spring of 2011, as well as the Russian October Revolution itself. Supported by RLS Beirut.

Find the issue online here.

To Parchim

July 5th 2018: Film Screening “To Parchim”: A documentary (2018) by German film makers Johanna Huth and Julia Gechter that explores the parallel experiences of 9 year old Mounir from Syria and 91 year old Ulla, who had been forced to flee from East Prussia as a young woman. The short film tackles questions of trauma, war and loss and the difficulty of finding a home in a strange country.

The trailer of the movie can be found here.

Competition for Housing Alternatives in Beirut

November 2017 – November 2018, “Competition for Housing Alternatives in Beirut”: Following the new rent law of 2014 that put the housing security of over a quarter of Beirut's residents at risk, Public Works and other organizations started to research the impact of market-driven developments and policies on residential rights and the creation of social and spatial injustice, that often resulted in the displacement of low and middle-income families. Building on its extensive research conducted in 2015-2016 about housing, Public Works is working towards a housing competition that would act as a platform to advocate for affordable housing and the right of long-time residents to remain in the city. The competition seeks innovative and alternative ideas that challenge the dominating model of urban development and address the displacement of low and middle income residents. It is an open call for architects, urbanists, and planners to articulate a framework of intervention that would respond to the challenge of affordable housing and alternative building practices that preserve the city's social fabric and cater for low and middle income inhabitants.

Round-table on Socio-Economic Rights

November 2017 – ongoing, “Roundtable on Socio-Economic Rights”: Organized by RLS Beirut and Lebanon Support, these roundtables seek to put social and economic rights on the agenda of public discussions and initiatives. Until now, two roundtables were held, one on “the Taxation System in Lebanon: Between Collection and Justice” with speaker Ziad Abdel Samad (Nov 2017), the second on “Fault Lines of Mobilisation for Worker's Rights” with speakers Dr. Lea Bou Khater and Mohammad Zbeeb (March 2018).

 

Alliance of Migrant Domestic Workers: “The Journey”

November 2017 – June 2018, Theatre Project with the Alliance of Migrant Domestic Workers entitled “The Journey”: Approximately 250,000 migrant domestic workers live and work in Lebanon in often precarious condition, where the lack of social and legal security gives rise to exploitation and abuse. In cooperation with Zoukak Theatre Company and the Alliance for Migrant Domestic Workers, RLS Beirut aims to make these dynamics visible through the medium of theatre. Written and performed by migrant domestic workers, this production seeks to strengthen their networks, as well as create a safe space for exchange and contact with the audience representing multiple groups of the Lebanese civil society.

October 2017, "Wa Akhiran, Musiba” - "At Last, a Tragedy“:  A short documentary film by Maya Shourbaji (Syria 2017), world premiered at the 69th Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin in 2018, supported by RLS Beirut.

“I cannot resist, cope with, or mourn a tragedy that I do not see. I search for it in memory, among clear and faded pictures, in Damascus and Beirut, in the shadows of my close friend Louay’s stories, between my prisons and his own.”

Find the trailer here.

Alliance of Migrant Domestic Workers

October 2017 – ongoing,  Workshops with the Alliance of Migrant Domestic Workers: A series of workshops organized by RLS Beirut in cooperation with the Alliance of Migrant Domestic Workers dealing with legal issues, women’s rights, and possibilities of organization and activism for migrant domestic workers in Lebanon.

Workshops on the 2018 Lebanese Parliamentary Elections

November 2017 – March 2018: “Workshops on the 2018 Lebanese Parliamentary Elections”:  In the light of the upcoming parliamentary elections in May 2017, RLS Beirut together with different leftist activists organized workshops on the Lebanese Election law in different regions of Lebanon.

Journal of Labour

April 2018 –ongoing, Journal of Labour: A bi-annual journal in Arabic exploring different topics and aspects of labor in Lebanon such as the public employment sector, the employment of foreigners in Lebanon, migrant domestic work, etc. The journal will be in published in Arabic by RLS Beirut Office.

Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung

The Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung Beirut Office is the regional office of the German Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung. The office opened in May 2017 and currently covers three countries: Lebanon, Syria and Iraq.

Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung is one of the six political foundations in the Federal Republic of Germany associated with political parties. The Foundation's main task is to provide political education. It is closely connected to the Left Party.

Since 1990, the work of the Foundation has been in keeping with its eponym, Rosa Luxemburg, and represents the main current of democratic socialism with an unwavering international focus. The Foundation considers itself committed to a radical perspective of enlightenment and social criticism. It stands within the tradition of the workers' and women's movements, as well as anti-fascism and anti-racism.

RLS is one of the six political foundations in the Federal Republic of Germany associated with political parties. The Foundation's main task is to provide political education. It is closely connected to the Left Party.

Since 1990, the work of the Foundation has been in keeping with its eponym, Rosa Luxemburg, and represents the main current of democratic socialism with an unwavering international focus. The Foundation considers itself committed to a radical perspective of enlightenment and social criticism. It stands within the tradition of the workers' and women's movements, as well as anti-fascism and anti-racism.

Keep in touch

Beirut, Badaro, Benoit Barakat Street, Al –Rahhal building, 6th floor
 info.beirut@rosalux.org

+961 (0)1 380893