Cabinet ministers (front) attend a legislative session in Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Human Rights Watch Friday praised the Lebanese Parliament for passing a law last week to establish the National Human Rights Institute, which will help authorities investigate the use of torture and ill treatment in the country.As part of this law, a Committee for the Protection from Torture will be created to carry out regular and unannounced visits to all places of detention and investigate the use of torture, while issuing recommendations to improve the treatment of detainees.The law effectively brings Lebanon into compliance with its obligation under the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture, which the country ratified in 2008 .HRW called on Lebanon to bring national legislation into compliance with the Convention against Torture, including by criminalizing all forms of torture and ill-treatment.
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