The Lebanese Center for Human Rights (CLDH) is a local non-profit, non-partisan Lebanese human rights organization in Beirut that was established by the Franco-Lebanese Movement SOLIDA (Support for Lebanese Detained Arbitrarily) in 2006. SOLIDA has been active since 1996 in the struggle against arbitrary detention, enforced disappearance and the impunity of those perpetrating gross human violations.

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December 7, 2014

The Daily Star - MP Moukheiber urges Lebanon to join ICC, December 07, 2014

MP Ghassan Moukheiber Sunday called on the International Criminal Court to prosecute war criminals in Lebanon, and urged the government to adopt the Rome Statute.

The ICC should "prosecute those responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity in the Middle East, especially those who commit these crimes on the Lebanese land,” Moukheiber said during an ICC session held in Rabat, the Moroccan capital.

The MP also called on the Lebanese state to "enable these pursuits through the adoption of the Rome Statute.”

The Rome Statute is the founding treaty of the ICC which sets out the crimes falling within the court's jurisdiction.

According to Moukheiber, the move would serve as a strong response to the killing of policeman Ali Bazzal, who was murdered by the Nusra Front Friday.

The adoption of the Rome Statute would also complement counter-terrorism efforts, he added.

On the sidelines of the conference, the MP also met with the court’s presidents and its assistant attorney general.

During this conference, Moukheiber spoke about the serious violations of international criminal law in Lebanon and the Middle East, and explained the region’s need for security and justice.

The Hague-based ICC was created in 1998 to try suspects involved in war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.

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