The Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung Beirut Office is currently focusing on three thematic programs:
“Positive Peace”/Structural Violence
Positive Peace is a concept originally formulated by the sociologist Johann Galtung in the 1960s. It means the absence not only of direct but also of structural, meaning hidden violence such as poverty, hunger, human rights abuses and discrimination. In this program we therefore focus on the highlighting and analysis of 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 as well as topics of social and human rights.
Lebanon, Syria and Iraq are countries of diverse migration movements since 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 non-access to 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.
As a political foundation that fosters networks of emancipatory political, social and cultural initiatives and 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 the hand we seek to support these actors in their work and activism, on the other hand, 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.