report on the trial of children by Lebanon's military courts to the Committee on the Rights of the Child. HRW wrote:
We encourage the Committee to make the following recommendations to the Lebanese government:
HRW's earlier report on the trial of civilians by Lebanon's military courts -- "It's Not the Right Place for Us" -- can be found here. It was issued on January 26, 2017.
- Remove all children from the jurisdiction of the military courts;
- Amend article 401 of the Penal Code to criminalize all forms of torture and ill-treatment;
- Investigate and appropriately prosecute allegation of torture and ill-treatment of children;
- Allow juvenile representatives to attend all preliminary interrogations of children and amend article 49 of the Code of Criminal Procedure to guarantee suspects the right to a lawyer during interrogation;
- Ensure that children enjoy full due process guarantees, including access to counsel, the right to challenge their confinement, contact with their families, and separation from adult detainees;
- Allow independent humanitarian agencies, including UNICEF, unrestricted access to all children in all detention facilities;
- Ensure that children are detained only as a measure of last resort and for the shortest appropriate period of time;
- Ensure that any punishment for criminal offenses be appropriate to their age, and be aimed at their rehabilitation and reintegration into society.