HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVISTS DEMONSTRATE IN FRONT OF THE PARLIAMENT BUILDING.
Human rights activists wears hangmen's outfits during a protest in front of the parliament building in Beirut February 8,2001 as they demonstrate against a decree by President Emile Lahoud and Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri to hang two men this year. The lives of the two men were temporarily spared after former prime minister Selim al-Hoss refused to sign the decree on the grounds that excecution was inhumane punishment. Lebanon has executed 48 men since independence in 1942. Opposition against executions, which are conducted publicly, has been growing, especially among the younger generation trying to distance itself from Lebanon's violent past.