Directorate of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights
Creation date and correlation
• The office was created pursuant to service bulletin 27111 on 19/10/2009
• Correlated to the Army staff for personnel
Missions of the Directorate of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights
- Surveying the integration of the agreements related to the International Humanitarian Law, signed or authorized by the Lebanese State, into military laws and regulations.
- Disseminate the International Humanitarian Law in the Army and giving advice to military units for the implementation of this law.
- Coordinating with the Directorate of Training in order to integrate the International Humanitarian Law course into the curriculums on all levels.
- Staying up to date with training sessions in order to get familiar with the International Humanitarian Law and its principles and attending sessions of trainer qualification in the field of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights held by the Directorate of Training.
- Coordinating with the Directorate of operations in order to integrate the International Humanitarian Law and its principles in the orders of operation.
- Staying up to date with all the conventions and agreements signed by the Lebanese State and related to the International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law and prohibiting or limiting the use of some weapons or any other behavior at the battleground in order to adapt military laws with these conventions and agreements.
- Ensuring coordination between the Army Command and International Organizations, governmental and nongovernmental associations and organizations tending to the International Humanitarian Law and the Human Rights Law to highlight the Army’s role in this concern and to improve the Army’s image and preventing its reputation from being tarnished.
- Looking into complaints and allegations of torture as well as violations and transgressions of the International Humanitarian Law and checking the validity of these allegations within the Army in addition to addressing them.
- Visiting prisons that are legally affiliated to the Ministry of National Defense, to ascertain the conditions of these prisons, the conditions of the inmates, the conditions of detention as well as the level f abidance with the Human Rights Law.
- Documenting aggressions against the International Humanitarian Law within the Army and organizing a related database.
- Cooperating with the Directorate of Orientation to address any allegations presented by media outlets accusing the Army of Human Rights Law violations.
- Following up with the situation of the missing individuals and the bodies of people that are protected by the International Humanitarian Law in the Army Forces area of operation and saving information regarding the retrieval of corpses following natural disasters and wars.
- Saving and following up with information regarding the bodies of soldiers and the situation of missing individuals in coordination with the concerned bureaus and committees in the army.
- Coordinating with the Lebanese Mine Action Center ( LMAC) in order to document the victims of cluster bombs, mines and other unexploded ordnances on all Lebanese territories.
- Surveying the extent of the commitment of the Israeli enemy to the laws and regulations of war and to the agreements of the International Humanitarian Law that it has signed as well as documenting the violations and filing reports when need be.
• Opening of the first “International and Humanitarian Law Trainer” session.
• Publishing The International Humanitarian law and Human rights Encyclopaedia as well as the training reference of the International Humanitarian Law on the Army’s Intranet.