Lebanon: Leaders must prevent human rights abuses

Posted: 12 May 2008

All political leaders in Lebanon must clearly instruct their supporters to refrain from recklessly carrying out attacks in heavily-populated areas that endanger civilians uninvolved in the clashes, Amnesty International said today.

The organisation  also implored leaders to ensure that any person within their custody is treated humanely and is not subjected to torture or other ill-treatment.

Amnesty International called on the Lebanese authorities to ensure proper investigations into the killing and any other abuses of those not involved in the armed clashes that broke out last week between members of pro- and anti-government armed groups.  

Amnesty International said:

"Political leaders must ensure that anyone within their ranks suspected of having committed human rights abuses is handed over to proper judicial authorities to be investigated and brought to justice in full compliance with international human rights standards.’

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