NNA - Caretaker Minister of Justice, Salim Jreissati, received a correspondence on January 7 from an international non-governmental organization based in Geneva (ALEF) tasked to prepare periodic reports on political and civil rights, to be submitted later to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.
In the context of the correspondence, the organization requested a meeting with the Minister of Justice and a number of deputies, security officials and human rights organizations in Lebanon, between 28 and 30 January, while on visit to Lebanon.
The correspondence read as follows:
The Center for Civil and Political Rights (CCPR), an international non-governmental organization based in Geneva, and local NGO ALEF - act for human rights are pleased to inform you that a delegation would like to visit Lebanon from 28 to 30 of January 2019. The visit is organized to pursue the constructive engagement initiative in the context of the review of the third periodic report of Lebanon under the ICCPR during the 122nd session of the United Nations Human Rights Committee on 15 and 22 March 2018 in Geneva.
The delegation will be composed of Ms. Ilze Kerhis, Member of the Human Rights Committee, and Mr. Patrick Mutzenberg, Director of the Center for Civil and Political Rights.
The aim of this follow-up visit is to continue the dialogue with the national authorities regarding the implementation of Committee's Concluding Observations, with particular focus on the recommendations selected for the follow-up procedure of the committee. In this context, the delegation would like to request meetings with the relevant authorities involved in the follow-up on the Concluding Observations, in particular the Minister of Justice. In addition, we are planning to meet Members of the Parliament, security agencies, and civil society organizations, as well as other relevant stakeholders."
It is to note that Minister Jreissati had addressed a letter to the head of the judicial inspection, Judge Barkan Saad, in which he asked to "look into the file of Hannibal Gaddafi in all its details and to make sure that it is free from any irregularities or transgressions of the provisions of the law."
This letter falls within the context of fortifying the work of a free, independent and sovereign Lebanese judiciary.