Hezbollah and Human Rights Legislation in the Lebanese Parliament

  • Filippo Dionigi
Part of the Middle East Today book series (MIET)


The previous case has highlighted one instance of the dynamics of Hezbollah’s interaction with International Humanitarian Law (IHL) this chapter analyzes Hezbollah’s approach to the legislative process in relation to human rights laws. As it was previously mentioned, in 1992, Hezbollah decided to take part in parliamentary politics in Lebanon after a lengthy discussion within its ranks regarding this decision and its effects on its political identity. For this reason, it was necessary to rethink how an Islamist movement could have dealt with norms and institutions not based on Islamic principles but rather inspired by liberal norms such as the sovereignty of a parliament elected by the Lebanese people. Even more problematic was the fact that the parliament could approve laws that may not have been Islamic in their inspiration and sometimes may even be in open conflict with Islamic principles.


Parliamentary Debate Muslim Brotherhood Islamist Movement Islamic Jurisprudence Proactive Stance 
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