Conceding that latrines had been known to overflow on occasion, Maalouf said this was sometimes outside the NGOs’ control. REUTERS/ Jamal Saidi
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Two major international NGOs are due to appear in court next week following a complaint by the Litani River Authority, in a dramatic development in a crackdown on pollution of the river, The Daily Star has learned. After publishing a series of Facebook posts in late March accusing NGOs of polluting the Litani through poor management of latrines, the LRA filed a lawsuit against Intersos and World Vision. The two organizations are due to stand trial next Wednesday, according to Ali Ataya, the LRA's lawyer, who added that preliminary investigations have been launched into 17 other NGOs.However, court action against NGOs is extremely rare.The lawyer added that the LRA had sent memos to the NGOs requesting meetings prior to taking them to court, but they had not responded.
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