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.
Provides a tool for witnesses to human rights abuses to describe the violation and its location for use in a mapping tool used to highlight problem areas for human rights abuses.
The Committee considered the initial and second periodic reports (see CEDAW/C/LBN/1 and CEDAW/C/LBN/2) of Lebanon at its 691st and 692nd meetings, on 12 July 2005 (see CEDAW/C/SR.691 and 692).
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.
The Committee considered the third periodic report of Lebanon (CRC/C/129/Add.7) at its 1142nd and 1144th meetings (see CRC/C/SR.1142 and 1144) held on 24 May 2006.
Mohammad Khairallah Hamid Ali (henceforth known as Mr. Hamid Ali), a Sudanese citizen, born in 1980 and in possession of a refugee certificate issued by the regional office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Beirut, works in a carpenter’s shop in Beirut, Lebanon. It is reported that, on 16 October 2010, Mr. Hamid Ali was arrested in Jounieh, Keserwan district, Mount Lebanon governorate, by General Security officers. According to the information received, Mr. Hamid Ali was accused of having entered Lebanon illegally in violation of article 32 of the Act of 10 July 1962 regulating the entry and residence of aliens in Lebanon and their departure from the country.
Youssef Mahmoud Chaabane, a Palestinian born in 1965, a chauffeur, domiciled at the Bourj Barajneh camp in Beirut, was arrested on 5 February 1994 in Beirut, by members of the Syrian intelligence services, and was taken to Beau Rivage, a Syrian intelligence interrogation centre. After 10 days, he was handed over to the Furn El Chebbak – Dabta Adlieh gendarmerie in Beirut, where he was held incommunicado for one month. Mr. Chaabane was later brought to Roumieh central prison, where he is currently being held. Mr. Chaabane was accused of murdering a Jordanian diplomat, Naëb Omran al-Maaitha, first secretary of the Jordanian Embassy in Beirut, and received a death sentence, which was commuted to life imprisonment on 19 October 1994.
This case was submitted to the Working Group in the following terms: Mr. Thaer Kanawi Abed el Zahra el Rimahi, an Iraqi national, born on 1 May 1986, is the holder of refugee certificate No. 245-07C03 134 issued by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. On 9 March 2010, he was arrested by plain-clothes officers of the National State Security Department. At the time of his arrest, Mr. El Rimahi was not presented with a warrant of arrest. Nonetheless, a warrant appears in his case file (initial number 658, issued on 9 March 2010 by the Prosecutor-General of south Lebanon). Mr. El Rimahi was allegedly charged with illegal residence in violation of article 36 of the Act of 10 July 1962 regulating the entry and residence of aliens in Lebanon and their departure from the country.
Jawad Kazem Mhabes Mohammed Al Jabouri (Mr. Al Jabouri), an Iraqi national born on 4 September 1964, holder of Iraqi passport No. 033 1837 and Refugee Certificate No. 245-06C00030 issued by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, was employed at a service station. Mr. Al Jabouri was reportedly arrested on 4 November 2007 at his workplace, the Rida Tabaja service station in Kfartabnite, southern Lebanon, by plain-clothes officers of the General Security service, without an arrest warrant.