UN wants independent probe into Beirut blast

Spokesman Rupert Colville of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights cited the need for the international community to “step up” to help Lebanon with both a quick response and sustained engagement.
A rescue team surveys the site of this week's massive explosion in the port of Beirut, Lebanon.(AP)
A rescue team surveys the site of this week's massive explosion in the port of Beirut, Lebanon.(AP)
Published on Aug 07, 2020 03:47 PM IST
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Beirut | ByPress Trust of India | Posted by Arpan Rai

The UN human rights office is calling for an independent investigation into the Beirut explosion, insisting that “victims’ calls for accountability must be heard”.

Spokesman Rupert Colville of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights cited the need for the international community to “step up” to help Lebanon with both a quick response and sustained engagement.

He said Lebanon is facing the “triple tragedy of a socio-economic crisis, Covid-19 and the ammonium nitrate explosion” that devastated the capital on Tuesday.

Colville also called for the poor and most vulnerable to be respected as Beirut and Lebanon rebuild, and urged Lebanese leaders to “overcome political stalemates and address the grievances of the population”.

That was an allusion to large protests that broke out in Lebanon in October.

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