Failing To Deal With The Past - What Cost to Lebanon?
This paper examines the situation of impunity in Lebanon that has persisted since the 1975–1990 war. It highlights the price of the Lebanese authorities’ failure to address the legacy of past conflict.
This study recommends a holistic approach to crafting a comprehensive and victim-centered transitional justice process in Lebanon. An incremental approach to reform would be of value, given the likely challenges to pursuing accountability in the country. Programming must involve state and nonstate actors—political and community leaders, civil society, and the broader public. In addition, human rights champions need to be further supported, and the progress that local groups have made needs to be maintained and promoted. This is an arena open to both Lebanese and foreign stakeholders.