UN General Assembly First Committee on Disarmament and International Security Vice-Chair: Lebanon
Mission of the First Committee on Disarmament and International Security of the General Assembly:
The United Nations Interim Force In Lebanon (UNIFIL) confirmed that a third Hezbollah tunnel crossed the Blue Line border into Israeli territory, in violation of UN Security Council Resolution 1701 that established a ceasefire agreement and buffer zone between Israel and Hezbollah in southern Lebanon.
Source: I24 News, April 25, 2019. Photo: Visual aid showing the cross border attack tunnel from Lebanon into Israel (IDF Spokesperson)
"The First Committee deals with disarmament, global challenges and threats to peace that affect the international community and seeks out solutions to the challenges in the international security regime." (General Assembly - Disarmament and International Security website
, "First Committee") Term of office: 2019-2020 Lebanon's Record on Disarmament and International Security:
"Human rights issues included arbitrary or unlawful killings by nonstate actors; allegations of torture by security forces; excessive periods of pretrial detention;... Hizballah retained significant influence over parts of the country... Authorities failed to observe many provisions of the law, and government security forces, as well as extralegal armed groups such as Hizballah, continued the practice of extrajudicial arrest and detention, including incommunicado detention. Additionally, the law permits military intelligence personnel to make arrests without warrants in cases involving military personnel or involving civilians suspected of espionage, treason, weapons possession, or terrorism... "
(U.S. State Department's Country Report on Human Rights Practices 2018, Lebanon) CONVENTION OF THE ORGANIZATION OF THE ISLAMIC CONFERENCE ON COMBATING INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM:
"Peoples' struggle including armed struggle against foreign occupation, aggression, colonialism, and hegemony, aimed at liberation and self-determination in accordance with the principles of international law shall not be considered a terrorist crime." Ratified by Lebanon.