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The members of an independent body mandated to monitor and enhance the protection of human rights in Lebanon were appointed by Cabinet Monday, ending over a year of delays. The 10 candidates selected to form Lebanon's National Human Rights Institution will be tasked with the role of monitoring compliance with international human rights law and referring cases of violations to the General Prosecutor. Ghali argued the two candidates are "outside the circle of human rights NGOs" and should not, therefore, have been appointed to the NHRI.Among the candidates put forward by NGOs to become members of the NHRI were Susan Jabbour, who presides over an organization for the rehabilitation of victims of torture, and Wadad Halawani, an activist who worked on the issue of discovering the fate of the disappeared during the Civil War.The NHRI is also comprised of the National Preventive Mechanism, mandated to improve detention conditions.
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