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BEIRUT: Elisabeth Zakharia Sioufi found her calling as a human rights lawyer long ago.Her interest with the field was piqued when she delved into the study of international human rights conventions, and committed herself to introducing them to Lebanon. There was still a long way to go, she said to herself, but as long as the country was keen on introducing human rights laws to its domestic policy, it would be well on the way to internalizing them. The 60-year-old is the director of the Institute for Human Rights at the Beirut Bar Association, a member of the International Criminal Bar, secretary of the Commission of Human Rights at the International Association of Lawyers, member of the Council of the International Bar Association Human Rights Institute, the representative of the Beirut Bar Association in the National Steering Committee concerning Women Migrant Domestic Workers, and member of the Committee on Child Protection Against Violence, among others.Her aim is to create a culture of respect for the law and human rights. According to Sioufi, while Lebanon has passed several important laws, very few people are aware of them, primarily because they were not being properly enforced.
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