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In the wake of a series of reported rapes in north Lebanon's Tripoli, some involving minors, the judiciary has taken an active roll in pursuing suspects and overseeing the work of the Juvenile Protection Office, a high-ranking source close to the investigation told The Daily Star. This response, the source added, shows that state institutions are working to better safeguard victims and minors while also upholding the rights of suspects, despite Lebanon lagging behind on human rights in some areas.Judge Dany Zeenny was referred the case by the district attorney, who heard the suspects' testimonies.More broadly, the ministry source also touched on the ways to professionalize aspects of the justice system to ensure rights of suspects and victims are protected.Human Rights Watch and other organizations have criticized Lebanon's lack of human rights practices in regards to the treatment of suspects in custody such as cases of torture.
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