This call for an impartial fact-finding mission from Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International comes after a massive explosion occurred in the port of Beirut on August 4, 2020, killing 244 people, injuring thousands, and causing widespread destruction.
The blast was caused by the detonation of 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate that had been stored in a warehouse at the port for several years.
The incident has raised serious questions about government negligence and corruption, as well as the lack of proper safety measures.
The Lebanese government has yet to provide a full and transparent account of the events leading up to the explosion and has failed to hold those responsible accountable.
The continued obstruction of Judge Tarek Bitar, who was leading the investigation, has further cast doubts on the integrity of the investigation.
The human rights organizations believe that an independent and impartial fact-finding mission is essential to uncover the truth and ensure accountability for the victims and their families.
The call for a UN resolution is a step towards ensuring that the Lebanese government is held accountable for its actions and that the investigation remains free from political influence.