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Badria Abu Meri (hereinafter Ms. Abu Meri), aged 45, is a Lebanese citizen and resident of Ketermaya, a village in the department of Chouf, Mount Lebanon. She is married and has two children. In April 2010, a murder was committed in the village in which she lived. An elderly couple and their two grandchildren, who were all relatives of Ms. Abu Meri, were found dead. The main suspect, Mohammad Salim Al Msallem, was arrested by the internal security forces (Forces de sécurité de l’intérieur (FSI)) on 28 April 2010. When the FSI officers arrived at the scene of the crime the day after the murders, Mr. Al Msallem had been brutally beaten, and the officers had to take him to hospital. Some of the villagers followed them and attacked and killed Mr. Al Msallem and then left his body in a public square. The security forces could reportedly do nothing to prevent the attack.

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Examines the history of impunity granted to human rights violators in Lebanon since the war from 1975-1990, identifying ineffective transitional justice measures in the form of limited domestic trials, narrow mandates, and incomplete remedies for victims. This report hopes to teach lessons for broader accountability in Lebanon going forward.

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This article highlights the legitimacy problems of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon while indicating actions that might curb these issues and emphasizing that the Tribunal can only be the first of many steps toward establishing effective government accountability in the country.

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Update on the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, acknowledging the Tribunal’s three-year extension as of March 1, 2015, and also broadly detailing the results of the Tribunal so far as well as providing some background on the case in particular and on post-war tensions in Lebanon in general.

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The Committee considered the fourteenth to sixteenth periodic reports of Lebanon (CERD/C/383/Add.2), submitted as one document and its seventeenth periodic report (CERD/C/475/Add.1), which were due on 12 December 1998, 2000, 2002 and 2004 respectively, at its 1628th and 1629th meetings (CERD/C/SR.1628 and 1629), held on 3 and 4 March 2004.

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