Lebanese Parliament Finally Votes to Criminalize Torture Practices

Lebanon has lastly amended its penal legislation to criminalize all acts of torture. Though Lebanon had ratified the United Nations Conference in opposition to Torture and Different Merciless, Inhuman or Degrading Remedy or Punishment (the Conference) in 2000, Article 401 of the Lebanese Penal Code didn’t “cowl conditions the place torture is used apart from for acquiring confessions or data” and didn’t criminalize non-physical types of torture, comparable to psychological or psychological torture.

The brand new draft legislation which was submitted by a bunch of lawmakers headed by Ghassan Moukheiber was lastly handed within the parliament’s newest session. What stays to be seen is whether or not this legislation can be enforced or not, particularly when greater than 50% of all detainees face torture, and when 72% of Lebanese assume torture is justified. Extra importantly, who’s going to be held accountable for the loss of life of prisoners below torture like Fawzi el Rassi? How can we make certain this legislation is enforced if those that used to torture prisoners and nonetheless do aren’t held accountable for his or her actions?

The acts of torture documented by Human Rights Watch in Lebanon over the previous 10 years are quite a few.

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