Khan is in the process of suing the Lebanese media for defamation. (Khan Facebook page)
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At the Beirut headquarters of the International Human Rights Commission, the diamond baron stood behind an imposing desk.The diamond baron is among a number of Lebanese businessmen with investment ties to Africa named as an ambassador to the International Human Rights Commission, a shadowy self-styled intergovernmental organization. Unable to confirm that the IHRC conducted any legitimate projects related to human rights, the organization was roundly denounced in the Lebanese media as fraudulent.If the facade of IHRC has begun to slip, some Lebanese individuals retain valuable souvenirs from their time with the group: diplomatic passports issued by the African nation of Guinea Bissau.Presenting themselves as human rights ambassadors, a number of Lebanese individuals affiliated with IHRC have received diplomatic passports from the West African nation in recent years. A wealthy Lebanese ship owner and his rakish son, both former IHRC ambassadors, were among those who received diplomatic passports from Guinea Bissau during this period.Amin Sleiman, the honorary consul of Guinea Bissau in Beirut for more than a decade, said that a number of Lebanese people connected to IHRC have already had their passports annulled.
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