August 5, 2020
AHRC News & Views
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NGO in Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations
AHRC urges immediate humanitarian aid to Lebanon:
AHRC extends its sincere condolences to all who lost loved-ones in the massive explosion in the port of Beirut and wishes all the injured a speedy recovery.
The American Human Rights Council (AHRC-USA) calls upon all people of good will in the world to provide immediate humanitarian aid to the people of Lebanon. According to media reports over 135 persons died and over 5000 were injured. The number of victims is expected to rise as many people are still missing.
This massive explosion added to the suffering caused by Lebanon's already battered economy. In addition to the Covid-19 crisis, Lebanon has been coping with a debilitating economic crisis that put its people under extreme hardships. The Lebanese are suffering like never before in the country's history.
AHRC commends all countries that acted fast to provide humanitarian aid to Lebanon. This shows our common humanity at its best. Lebanon is in dire need; the destruction is massive and Lebanon is already in dire economic straits. We hope all nations put politics aside and provide unconditional humanitarian aid.
It is not clear what caused the massive explosion. There are a number of theories floating but we urge that everyone wait for the results of a thorough and transparent investigation.
AHRC calls for a transparent, thorough and independent investigation regarding this explosion and its causes. The victims deserve justice. The Lebanese people deserve to learn the truth. Those responsible must be held accountable in a court of law.
"The images we saw on our TV screen are truly appalling, we are shocked by the massive devastation," said Imad Hamad, AHRC Executive Director. "We trust that our world, that has been moved by the devastation, will spare no effort in helping Lebanon cope with this catastrophe," continued Hamad.
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