File - Lebanese soldiers check the site of the explosion in Bir Hasan, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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These are two examples of hundreds of such bombings carried out in Lebanon over the last four decades.Still, notwithstanding the controversies surrounding its creation and proceedings, it must be acknowledged that it is a rare attempt to achieve accountability for political violence in Lebanon.It is estimated that tens of thousands of people in Lebanon suffered serious human rights violations from 1975-1990: nearly 2.7 percent of the population was killed, 0.75 percent was forcibly disappeared and 33 percent emigrated out of the country.Either the violence is renewed or victims' demands for justice become too loud and well-organized for the government to ignore.The accountability that Lebanon needs is one that fulfils victims' rights to justice outside of the boundaries of politics, ends the "private" practice of justice, and signals intolerance toward the recurrence of crimes. Accountability anchored in uncovering the truth about the war and subsequent conflicts is not a sufficient step, but undoubtedly a necessary one in the right direction of rebuilding a state worthy of trust, worthy of its citizens.
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