Ahmad Azakir/Annahar Home Magazine People Share on Facebook WhatsApp Donate Tweet Copy Link The head of the Beirut Bar Association, Melhem Khalaf, is a breath of fresh air in an intoxicating environment riddled by politics. His strong presence has been a source of fuel to the revolution, reminding the Lebanese citizens to stand up against corruption. Over time, he’s given the people more and more reasons to love him. It’s no surprise that Lebanese all over the country ‘stan’ him – especially young people. #1 First, he’s independent. One month after start of #LebanonProtests, elections at the Lawyers’ Order; opposed coalition of ALL political parties vs an independent candidate linked to the movement.The latter, Melhem Khalaf, widely elected. A huge symbolic victory.??✌? pic.twitter.com/GALrzTo5Dd— Joseph Bahout باحوط (@jobahout) November 17, 2019 #2 He stood by the 86-year old lawyer who was kicked out of court by a judge Head of the Beirut Bar Assn @MelhemKhalaf gets ready to take Lawyer Malek Oueidat back to his session after being told to leave by Judge Sami Sadki for “raising his voice,” due to his hearing issues. Khalaf called lawyers to boycott sessions presided by Sadki #لبنان_ينتفض pic.twitter.com/diRImAcaVp— Marina Chamma – مارينا شمّا (@eyeontheeast) January 20, 2020 #3 He visited prisoners who don’t have lawyers and saw that they get represented Respect for 750 lawyers visiting prisoners who often stay in prison for years without being convicted. The #Netherlands supports anti-torture programme and promotes forensic evidence to be used in prosecution. #beirutbarassociation #lebanon @RESTARTCENTER @LebISF— Jan Waltmans (@JanWaltmans) December 30, 2019 #4 He has helped inmates stuck in jail for not being able to pay their fines #Lebanon: Cabinet has decided to release prisoners held for non-payment of fines, after fiery prison riots were sparked by fears the #coronavirus would spreadBeirut Bar Association has secured the release of 80 since last year, with 120 remaining, according to @MelhemKhalaf— Timour Azhari (@timourazhari) March 18, 2020 #5 He’s taking care of inmates during the coronavirus situation Head of Beirut Bar Association Melhem Khalaf: There are tons of in-kind donations to secure three things for prisons; which are a sterilization campaign, a cleaning campaign, and a personal cleaning campaign in 25 prisons— MTV English News (@MTVEnglishNews) March 19, 2020 #6 He is ‘for the people’ in a passionate way حق الناس بالمواطنة ✊??? نقيب بحجم وطن ????@MelhemKhalaf #مجموعة_لبنان_ينتفض#لبنان_ينتفض pic.twitter.com/IcaW3wZ23s— لـــبـــنـــان يـــنـــتـــفـــض (@lebprotests) March 24, 2020 #7 He spoke up against the banks when it was needed Two very important developments yesterday regarding legal environment for banks:– President of Lawyers Syndicate declares banks’ measures “illegal and unconstitutional”– Judge Carla Chawah writes that banks made exceptional profits and they should return money to depositors. pic.twitter.com/QCz8qsEYfy— Jad Chaaban جاد شعبان (@JadChaaban) January 4, 2020 #8 He stood up against corruption many times Melhem Khalaf is a champ.It's not only because he defended the lawyer today, but because he fearlessly stands up against corruption ever since he was elected.Melhem Khalaf represents me.— Doctor Rex (@TheDoctorRex) January 20, 2020 #9 He’s unique and represents something we’re not used to The President of the Bar Association Melhem Khalaf represents dignity and morals.#ملحم_خلف— Jessica Machaalany (@JessicaMachaal2) January 20, 2020 #10 He restored hope for Lebanon again Melhem Khalaf is a tiny hope in a country falling apart on daily basis. Can we have more Melhems working together to achieve better things for us? Him being elected as نقيب المحامين في بيروت is one of the greatest achievements (if not THE greatest achievement) of this thawra.— زياد (@Ziaddazarr) January 20, 2020 #11 He’s a presence much needed in the country Melhem Khalaf, you make us proud to be Lebanese in a time where we need it the most !!God bless you! ??❤️ #ملحم_خلف pic.twitter.com/czyH5PRryZ— Ehabb?? (@Ehabdaniel_) January 20, 2020 Share on Facebook WhatsApp Donate Tweet Copy Link Support our independent media - contribute today! Become a Patron!