LEBANON: Boost for relatives of civil war missing

BEIRUT, 7 March 2012 (IRIN) - A new legal mechanism has been proposed to deal with the issue of thousands of people who went missing during Lebanon’s 1975-1990 civil war, including locating mass graves, and identifying and returning remains to families, according to local activists.

“There is progress: the draft was submitted and the current justice minister [Shakib Qortbawi] has promised to work on it, so I think there is an opening,” said Habib Nassar, director of ICTJ's Middle East and North Africa Program. “It’s been part of the ministerial statement for three years, but now it needs to translate into concrete measures.”

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