File - A view of a sign on the exterior of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in The Hague, The Netherlands, January 16, 2014. (REUTERS/Toussaint Kluiters/United Photos)
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International courts have rarely allowed victims of crimes against humanity to participate substantively in trials.The Special Tribunal for Lebanon, which is prosecuting those responsible for the attack that plunged Lebanon into years of political turmoil, has allowed 76 victims to participate in the trial, which began in January.But the participation of victims in the Hariri trial has provoked a broader debate over the rights of victims of terrorism in Lebanon, a debate that was brought to the fore at a workshop at the Beirut Bar Association Thursday.While the STL doesn't itself offer compensation to victims, any verdict from the court is supranational and can be used by victims to demand compensation within the Lebanese legal system.But compensation is not the only aim of these tribunals, said Peter Haynes, lead lawyer of the victims in the Hariri trial. Such political considerations are more distant for the victims of terrorism.
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