File - A woman carries a picture of her relative who went missing during the Lebanese war as she attends a press conference at the disappeared tent in front of the U.N. house in Beirut, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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On March 4, the council annulled a previous decision by the Cabinet's Secretariat denying the families full access to official documents, include confessions by former militants related to cases of Lebanese missing since the 1975-1990 Civil War.The Cabinet's Secretariat would not comment on the decision.The case against the Cabinet's Secretariat and the state was filed by the Committee for the Families of the Kidnapped and Disappeared in Lebanon and SOLIDE (Support of Lebanese in Detention and Exile) on Dec. 24, 2009 . The fate of some 17,000 people who disappeared during the war remains unknown. Wadad Halwani, the head of the families' committee, which was formed in 1982 to offer mutual support and to pressure the government to investigate the fates of citizens who disappeared, described the Shura Council decision as a new "weapon" that would help the families continue their battle.Saghiyeh said that if the state abided by the decision, the relatives would have more information about mass graves.
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