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Annual Session on Human Rights of the Institute for Human Rights

Annual Session on Human Rights of the Institute for Human Rights

The Institute for Human Rights of the Beirut Bar Association, in collaboration with the Friedrich-Ebert Foundation, organized its annual intensive session on human rights, which was held in March 22, 23 and 24, 2017.

The session was inaugurated by the Beirut Bar Association President, Mr. Antonio Al-Hachem, in the presence of the Regional Representative of the Friedrich-Ebert Foundation, Mr. Achim Vogt, and the Director of the Institute, Attorney Elizabeth Zakharia Sioufi, who outlined the aims and objectives of this session.

The session was attended by trainee lawyers, attorneys at law and officers of the Lebanese Armed Forces. It addressed key issues in the field of human rights, such as the United Nations measures in this area, the right to a healthy environment, children’s rights, the prevention of discrimination, women’s right, the prevention of torture, human trafficking, the international criminal law, the international humanitarian law and freedom of expression and opinion.

The session was moderated by Judges Nabil Sari, Fawzi Khamis, Arlette Tabet, Ziad Mkanna, Jad Maalouf; Assistant to the Rector of the BAU (Beirut Arab University) Faculty of Rights, Dr. Miriam Younes; Head of the Delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Lebanon, Mr. Fabrizzio Carboni; Attorney Mira Saade; Head of the Communications Office of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, Mrs. Olga Kafram; Member of the Institute's Trainees Team, Attorney Mounir Al-Zoughbi; and Director of the Institute, Attorney Elizabeth Zakharia Sioufi.

This year, Attorney Jad Khairallah won the 2016 annual Human Rights Institute Award that was given to him by President Antonio Al-Hachem during this session. It is should be noted that the winner of the annual Human Rights Institute Award shall be a trainee lawyer or an attorney at law, who has continued with diligence and seriousness the activities of the Institute and achieved exceptional performance in practical work during training courses.

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