intention of this document is to describe the political, economic and
social platform of the Future Movement, a national, non-sectarian group
that draws a wide base of support throughout Lebanon.
movement strives to contribute to the construction of a modern, just,
and democratic state. It believes that Lebanon is a sovereign, free, and
independent country, providing a permanent homeland for all Lebanese
citizens. It believes in Lebanonís territorial unity, its people and
institutions and the countryís Arab identity and Arab affiliations.
believe that Lebanon is a democratic parliamentary republic, based on
public freedoms and the freedoms of belief and expression. Lebanon is
founded on social justice and the equality of all citizens before the
movement is deeply committed to democracy, respect for the Constitution,
the rule of law and upholding human rights. It is equally committed to
the peaceful co-existence of all segments of society
and adheres to moderation as a method of reconciling differing
beliefs and ideologies. It denounces all forms of fanaticism,
sectarianism, insularity and is against the use of violence to resolve
political differences. It believes in the freedoms of working people and
the rights to political action. It supports all forms of freedom of
opinion and expression, particularly freedom of information and a free
media within the limits of the law.
freedom and openness are also at the core of the movement with private
ownership and the free-market as its base. All regions have to be
treated equally and according to need in any development plan. We
believe in the stateís role in promoting social welfare, healthcare,
education, and the care of our elderly. The movement believes in
protecting the environment by promoting environmentally friendly ways of
life among Lebanonís citizens coupled with supporting and enforcing
believe in the equality of women and the need for them to play an
effective role in wider societal and national revival. Women possess
potentials and abilities that deserve to be expressed in, among others,
the social, political and economic fields. An increased role for women
gives all social forces a better chance of operating and interacting
successfully in national development plans.
Future Movement represents youth, the spirit of renewal and the drive
for modernization. As such the young are at the heart of all the
movementsí policies, especially programs designed to prepare the young
for future leadership.
on belief in Lebanonís Arab identity, the movement believes that
high-level relations between Lebanon and Syria ‑ based on the
mutual respect of the sovereignty and independence of each country
‑ are in the best interest of both countries. These relations are
a political fact and are the result of long standing historical,
geographical and demographic associations. Honesty, respect and
co-operation must characterize them. They must also be protected from
short-term political thinking and selfish personal agendas.
Future Movement believes that Lebanon must be open to co-operation with
all Arab and non-Arab nations. Lebanon must establish foreign relations
that enhance co-operation and dialogue and promote regional development,
progress and prosperity.
are committed to a just and comprehensive peace in the Middle East
recognized by international law. We believe in the legitimate right of
the Palestinians to return to their homeland and categorically reject
their permanent settlement anywhere else.