Positive peace for Lebanon: reconciliation, reform and resilience
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Chandra Lekha Sriram asks if the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, set up to investigate the 2005 assassination of Prime Minister Rafiq al-Hariri, can support a broader function for transitional justice and peace. To date, both the creation and subsequent operation of the tribunal have been politically divisive, generating parliamentary stand-offs and government collapse. 

In a country that has experienced serious human rights abuses, disappearances and assassinations, for which very few have been held accountable, the very existence of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon might be hailed as a symbolic victory, one which might help promote wider accountability and discussion of the legacy of the past.

Chandra Lekha Sriram