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compilation year

Release year

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Position of Muslims in Lebanon

1953

1984

Confidential report paints picture of discrimination... comments "(grievances) might develop into something serious."


Confidential report by Wadih Malouf prepared at the request of Foreign Office:

Muslims heavily discriminated against despite the fact that they are the majority community (500,000).
They were forced to register by 'sect' - Sunni Shia, as part of the 'divide and rule' policy, in the process the Christians were able to emerge as the 'largest community'

Christian government pursuing anti-Muslim policies - ex-President Bachara el-Khoury failed to secure support from 'Moslem circles' and they 'refused to work with him in government' - one reason for his consequent resignation. Present President Chamoun has had the 'same complaints (anti-Muslim policies) against him.

Booklet titled 'Moslems in Lebanon' details these anti-Muslim polices, which include discrimination in the following areas: education, employment opportunities, property laws and refusal to carry out a census (which would reveal that the Muslims are actually in the majority and thus boost their political representation)

Comments from minute's section (signatures unclear): 'All the grievances exist and might develop into something serious',
'The report does not give too gloomy a picture, but a correct one.'

PRO File: FO 1018 93  















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