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Reference : V-F-CR-F-02643-A(BIS)
Date : 05/2019
Country/Region : LEBANON
Title : Lebanon : law for the families of the missing's right to know
Duration : 00:01:55
Cameraman : none
Editor : unknown
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Production company : ICRC
ICRC producer :
AL HALABI AL DALAL, Rona
Description : In November 2018, the Lebanese Parliament passed Law 105, the Law on the Missing and Forcibly Disappeared, a step forward in providing answers to the families of the missing.
Law 105 foresees the creation of an independent and non-discriminatory National Commission with a humanitarian mandate to clarify the fate and whereabouts of people who went missing in Lebanon. It is an unprecedented opportunity for the country not only to bring answers to families, but also to start helping its society coming to terms with a tormented past.
They have been searching for their children for over 30 years. They have the right to know their fate because their pain is unbearable. They are now closer than ever to receiving answers through the Low for Missing and Forcibly Disappeared Persons that was passed by the Parliament in 2018. This law stipulates the establishment of an indipendent and impartial National Commission with a mandate to uncover the fate of missing persons. It is tasked with gathering information about the missing persons, their appeareance, details of their disappearance, their medical records and other details necessary to determine their identity. It also collects and stores DNA samples from their family members to contribute to uncovering the fate of their loved ones. The commission will also require the contributions of forensic scientists, forensic doctors and security apparatuses. However, the Commission will not start its work from scratch because the Internationaal Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has deployed intensive efforts since 2012 and achieved many of those objectives. The ICRC team in Beirut has filled 3000 questionnaries with detailed data on the missing persons. They have also collected more than 1200 saliva samples from the families of 700 missing persons. The ICRC stores these samples following the best techniques because they will be used to extract the DNA profiles of family members. It's training employees to follow-up on the Commission work and support it upon its establishment. After many years of work, the tools are now ready to uncover the fate of missing persons. The cause is now on the hands of the Lebanese government. We are awaiting the adoption of the draft law because it is time for this wound to heal and for all of us to turn a new page.
Original language : English
Other language : Arabic
English title : Lebanon : law for the families of the missing's right to know
Colour/B&W : colour
SD/HD : HD
Resolution : 1920 x 1080
Aspect ratio : 16/9
Original material/format : H264
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