Lebanon was burning its last remaining resources in its final battles for Independence, Sovereignty, and Liberty.
General Michel Aoun, head of the Lebanese Government was about to witness the fall of the curtain in the most dramatic manner, the military invasion of the last unoccupied and free region of The Lebanon. The final assault was led by the overwehlming Syrian army with the support and assistance of so many caring local leaders and foreign states eager to "protect Lebanon's interest & independence" !!!
Day after day, our dreams of Independence, Sovereignty, and Liberty were fading away as we were hopelessly seeing the inevitable to happen at any moment.
When all our sacrifices seem to have been lost in vain and when hope seem to have abandoned the Lebanese collective conscience, a group of young Lebanese living in Paris called General Aoun who was still at Baabda and proposed to create a support structure dedicated for the Free Lebanese Cause.
They asked what would be for him the best name that would represent this work and commitment, with no hesitation, he immediately replied:
Rally for The Lebanon « Rassemblement Pour le Liban ».
It is at this precise moment, that the very first vision and rule of conduct was set for what is going to be known years after, as the Free Patriotic Movement.
Indeed, there is no freedom if the Lebanese people do not rally for their country and likewise, Lebanon will no more exist if the people loose their freedom.
The Free Patriotic Movement (FPM) became the extension of this long journey filled with relentless struggles on which General Michel Aoun and his supporters embarked. From the loss of Independence at war, followed by the exile of Sovereignty, to the return of Freedom and now as a political party, the Free Patriotic Movement manifested itself in a heightened awareness among the Lebanese people as of all the dangers and terms that awaits their small nation. With pioneering, humanistic and brave conduct, the Free Patriotic Movement opposed the occupation of Lebanon domestically and internationally, it offered many sacrifices while defending Lebanon's Independence, Sovereignty, Liberty, and above all, the dignity of its "Great People".
As a political party, the Free Patriotic Movement aims at renewing the political life in Lebanon on the bases of knowledge, ethics, progressiveness and the emancipation of the Lebanese individual. The Party is committed to work under the banner of change and reform according to the following tenets:
The Free Patriotic Movement declares:
1.Its belief that the individual is intrinsically valuable and that people are born equal and die equal, having equal rights, freedom, and dignity, and being able to differ in opinions, orientations and beliefs.
2.Its commitment to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and to all pertinent international charters and conventions, whose values and principles will act as guidelines to the Party’s goals and programs.
3.Its intransigence in the belief that Lebanon is a sovereign, free and independent entity founded on a social pact sanctioned by the free will of its people.
4.Its assertion that Lebanon is a distinctive human experience by virtue of its pluralism, intellectual interaction and openness to civilizations, and due to its pioneering democratic experience in the Arab world.
5.Its abidance by the Lebanese Constitution as a charter of governance in Lebanon, in its practice, interpretation, and ratification.
6.Its adherence to the openness of Lebanon to and its interaction with its Arab surroundings and the world, in such a way as not to conflict with the national belonging and provided that the Lebanese will be a dimension of Lebanon in foreign countries and not a foreign dimension within Lebanon.
7.Its conviction that men and women are equal in rights and obligations, since women are fundamental partners in the building of the society and in the making of the political decision.
In the Goals
The FPM aspires to:
1.Guaranty the sovereignty of the Lebanese state and its independence and to safeguard its existence.
2.Build a nation of law based on equality, justice, social solidarity, equal opportunities and the upholding of a fair judicial system, since the latter is a true and impartial criterion for the consolidation of justice and democracy.
3.Establish democracy as a system of government and a way of life by guaranteeing the respect of freedoms and basic rights of the citizen.
4.Institute a culture of citizenship in the aim of achieving equality between the Lebanese; enact a discretionary civil personal status law; and separate politics from religion to facilitate the establishment of a secular state.
5.Protect the family because it is the nucleus in the building of a society and a nation.
6.Eliminate all legal and social distinctions between men and women and promote equality through practice on the basis of competence and aptitude.
7.Persevere in supporting the youth and promote their role in developing the society and in stimulating political life.
8.Enable the Lebanese Diaspora to exercise their political rights in Lebanon from their countries of expansion and strengthen the bond among them and between them and their motherland.
9.Disseminate a political culture that liberates the Lebanese from a mentality of tutelage and supplication and develop their sense of critique.
10.Adhere to the free economic system and personal initiative within the boundaries of human dignity and the welfare and principles of social justice.
11.Promote institutional functions on the basis of competence and the implementation of the principal of liability and accountability.
12.Protect and Preserve the environmental resources for a healthy environment is a natural and intrinsic human right and a part of human existence.
13.Make education available to all Lebanese, propagate Lebanese heritage, develop all sectors and encourage the mastering of skills, sciences and arts in such a way as to cater to the needs of the society and the requirements of the age.
14.Propagate the culture of peace, dialogue and democracy.