UN Torture Prevention Body Visits Lebanon To Scrutinize Human Rights Situation

The UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT) will pay a 6-day working visit to Lebanon to scrutinize the human rights situation and also to assess the country’s implementation of the recommendations it made during its previous visit.

Head of the SPT Delegation, Nika Kavaratshkelia said that the current visit from 4th till 10th is the second visit of the SPT members to Lebanon since 2010. “During our visit we would assess how the authorities have implemented SPT’s recommendations on human rights situations in the past 12 years.

Kavaratshkelia said they would also press for more measures to protect the freedom of people.

“We will also further our advice on measures that could be strengthened to protect people deprived of their liberty from torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment,” Kavaratshkelia was quoted by SPT in a statement.

According to Kavaratshelia, they would visit all places without preannouncement where people have been deprived of their liberty. “SPT can undertake visits to all States parties to the Optional Protocol to monitor the human rights situation,” it added.

The SPT said its delegation will meet with government officials and members of the national torture watchdog, civil society representatives and other UN agencies to get a clear viewpoint regarding human rights situation in the country.

Kvaratskhelia said that they will establish close contact with the members of Lebanon’s recently created national preventive mechanism and “will formulate our new advice from the observations of the mission and reiterate our continued commitment to dialogue with Lebanon.”

Kvaratskhelia said that they will present its confidential preliminary observations to the government of Lebanon and the national preventive mechanism at the end of their visit. 


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