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Nadim Houry

Deputy Middle East Director

Human Rights Watch

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Human Rights Watch

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Human Rights Watch is one of the world's leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights. By focusing international attention where human rights are violated, we give voice to the oppressed and hold oppressors accountable f...more

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Deputy Counsel

Independent Inquiry into the United Nations Oil-for-Food Programme


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Human Rights Watch Staff - Main Page

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Nadim Houry, Senior Researcher


Human Rights worldwide :: Khiam Rehabilitation Center

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"Nothing can justify mobs taking the law into their own hands, not even the horrible murder of the Abu Merhi family," said Nadim Houry, senior researcher at Human Rights Watch.
"The question is one of law and due process," Houry said. In Beirut, Nadim Houry (English, Arabic, French): +961-1-447833; +961-3-639244 (mobile)


Lebanon: Seize Opportunity to End Discrimination Against Palestinians | The Power of Peace

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"Lebanon has marginalized Palestinian refugees for too long," said Nadim Houry, Beirut director at Human Rights Watch.
"It is time to turn words into actions," Houry said.


LCCC ENGLISH DAILY NEWS BULLETIN

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"Unfortunately we are still seeing approximately the same death rates," HRW senior researcher Nadim Houry told The Daily Star.
While media coverage on the issue of domestic worker rights had increased in 2008 "both in terms of quantity and quality," official attitudes had not changed, Houry said. "The government still does not see the rights of migrant workers as a pressing issue, despite the high death tolls and the extent of human right violations," he said. The bans were "expressions of frustration," Houry said, but seem to have had little impact. Nevertheless, adopting standard employment contracts, prosecuting abusive employers and modifying the labor law were all changes that, with the commitment of the government, could "be achieved before the next parliamentary elections" in 2009, Houry said.


LCCC ENGLISH DAILY NEWS BULLETIN

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Nadim Houry of Human Rights Watch explained the importance of these reports to The Daily Star: "Reporting back not only allows us to assess progress, but it also forces the government to collect information, which demonstrates the scale of the problem," he said.
"They are then able to formulate a plan on how to deal with it." Some positive steps against torture have been made by the government, including training police officers and prison guards in human rights issues. However, according to Houry this has little impact. "Training on its own is not enough and there is evidence from other countries that training is not sufficient by itself to prevent torture," he explained. "Torture is not currently a political priority," said Houry. "There is an unwillingness to confront people who torture. This has to do with a broader issue of accountability in Lebanese institutions. There is protectionism and a lack of transparency," he added. Many alleged instances of torture have occurred during politically motivated interrogations, such as the allegations of mistreatment at Nahr al-Bared refugee camp in June 2007. On this occasion, officers were apparently trying to extract information about militant Islamist group Fatah al-Islam. Many authorities still view torture as the quickest and most effective way to gather evidence. "The response to this is: Look at those countries which do not use torture in their investigations," said Houry, adding that "they use forensic science and thorough investigations." "If other countries can carry out clean investigations, then Lebanon can too." Mokheiber's committee is currently working on a National Human Rights Action Plan, under which tackling torture is a top priority. "We have a working group looking specifically at torture and as a result this issue has been debated in Parliament for the first time ever," he said. The group expects to have completed a draft action plan by March 2009. The draft will include provisions to allow proper implementation of the United Nations Convention. This plan will then have to be passed through the Human Rights Committee, Parliament, and finally the government. "There is positive movement in the direction of tackling torture," said Mokheiber, "but a lot of work remains to be done." But Houry remains pessimistic. "Unfortunately there are few signs of hope on this issue," he said.


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