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Despite recent positive steps taken to prevent the use of torture by security forces, a new report this week threw doubt on the claims made in the state's report to the U.N. Committee Against Torture in March. Earlier this year, Parliament submitted an initial report to the 10-member body of independent experts that monitors member state implementation of the U.N.'s Convention Against Torture.While the document appeared to present concrete measures taken to implement the agreements of the convention, a report released Wednesday by the Lebanese Center for Human Rights (CLDH) disputes many of the findings. However, citing a 2010 EU study, as well as its own findings, the CLDH disputed these claims and asserted that numerous judges were influenced by grounds other than the law.While Lebanon's initial report cites the case of a policeman prosecuted for allegations of torture, the Shadow Report argues the man's punishment amounted to a fine of $266 following the court appeal.However, at the launch of the Shadow Report one of the authors of Lebanon's March submission disputed the allegations.
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