New York, 5 August 2022 (TDI): United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for an impartial investigation into the Beirut explosion.

In his message on the second anniversary of the tragic incident, he lamented that two years have passed without justice. Furthermore, he called for a transparent and thorough investigation into the matter.

 

UN experts demand International Investigation

United Nations (UN) experts demanded that United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) launch an International investigation into the massive explosion. Victims deserve justice and Accountability.

A press release issued by the UN Human rights office of the High Commissioner said, “On the second anniversary of the blast, we are disheartened that people in Lebanon still await justice, and we call for an international investigation to be initiated without delay.”

The efforts on the National level to probe into this matter have failed. With hope, the families of the victims appealed to the International community for justice.

“Therefore, Families have appealed Human right council to establish an investigation under the Human Rights Council”, the statement added.

 The Beirut Explosion 

A massive blast in which a massive amount of Aluminium Nitrate, stored in a warehouse on the port, took place on 4 August 2020.

The Beirut explosion
The Beirut explosion led to a number of deaths and also destroyed many buildings

It killed about 218 people, caused 7,000 injuries, caused US$15 billion in property damage, as well as left 300,000 people homeless.

The blast was so powerful that it rattled the whole city of Lebanon. It was also felt in Turkey and Syria.

The blast is considered one of the biggest non-nuclear explosions in recent history. Following the incident, the Lebanese government launched an investigation.

The families of victims, however, have not received justice even though two years have passed.

Lebanese government imposed two weeks of emergency following the explosion. In the aftermath, protests erupted across the country against the government. Consequently, Prime Minister Hassan Diab along with his cabinet resigned.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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