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A high-level delegation from the Lebanese government responded to a grilling by the United Nations Committee against Torture on the occurrence of torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment in the country.Lebanon was 15 years late in submitting this initial report on the implementation of the treaty within its legal code.Lebanon is working to improve its application of international human rights principles across the board, and while the submission of this report was generally agreed to be a positive step, questions from CAT and various NGOs indicate there are still bumps in the road.Members of the delegation laid out various laws, protocols, codes of conduct and mechanisms that ostensibly guarantee the protection for all within Lebanon against torture and ill-treatment, to demonstrate that torture was not systematic in Lebanon – as was reported by the CAT in recent studies conducted in the country.International and local NGOs have documented cases of alleged torture in Lebanon and detailed their findings in reports submitted to CAT.
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