UN welcomes appointment of members of the National Human Rights Institution

Acting United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon Pernille Dahler Kardel and the Regional Representative of the Office High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in the Middle East and North Africa, Abdel Salam Sidahmed, welcomed the Cabinet's appointment yesterday of the ten members of Lebanon's National Human Rights Institution (NHRI).

"This is an important step towards fulfilling Lebanon's international human rights obligations through increased transparency and accountability. Respect and promotion of human rights are essential for security, stability and strong, democratic institutions," Ms. Kardel said.

"It is now crucial for the Lebanese authorities to provide adequate support to the NHRI in a way that would enable it to carry out its mandate in an independent and impartial manner according to international human rights standards," Sidahmed said.

The Lebanese Parliament approved legislation in October 2016 for the establishment of the National Human Rights Institution, incorporating a National Prevention Mechanism against Torture.

The United Nations in Lebanon stands ready to support the NHRI and Lebanon in fulfilling the country's obligations as a state party to a number of relevant international human rights treaties.

Source: National News Agency