Item 2 - General Debate. JST on accountability and access to justice for the victims of the Beirut port explosion and their families, on behalf of a group of countries. JST Australia. (7.03.2023)

Item 2 General Debate. Accountability and access to justice for the victims of the Beirut port explosion and their families

Statement delivered by Ms Amanda Gorely, Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations and to the Conference on Disarmament Australia, on behalf of a group of countries.


Mr President

I have the honour to deliver the statement on behalf of a group of 38 countries.

On 4 August 2020, more than 200 people were killed and a further 7,000 people injured when one of the largest non-nuclear explosions in history razed the Port of Beirut and caused unimaginable damage to the city’s schools, houses, health facilities and infrastructure supporting essential services.

We express our solidarity with all the victims and their families, who, nearly three years later, continue to wait for truth and justice. 

We are concerned Lebanon’s investigation into the cause of the explosion has not yet concluded, hampered by systemic obstruction, interference, intimidation, and a political impasse, and in the context of severe financial and economic crises.

We urge Lebanon to abide by its international human rights obligations to take all necessary measures to safeguard, in law and in practice, the full independence and impartiality of the Lebanese judiciary.

We call on the Lebanese authorities to uphold the right of the victims to effective remedy and to adequate, effective, and prompt reparation for harm suffered.

These steps are vital for accountability and access to justice for the victims of the explosion and their families, and fulfilment of the rights of the Lebanese people.

We also emphasise that the right of the people in Lebanon to peacefully express their call for justice and accountability must be respected.  

All of us joining this statement today hope that understanding and addressing the root causes of this disastrous event will prevent the occurrence of a similar tragedy in the future.

A swift, independent, impartial, credible, and transparent investigation into the explosion must be carried out. 

Thank you.

List of co-sponsors

  1. Albania
  2. Australia
  3. Austria
  4. Belgium
  5. Bulgaria
  6. Canada
  7. Costa Rica
  8. Croatia
  9. Czechia
  10. Denmark
  11. Estonia
  12. Finland
  13. France
  14. Germany
  15. Iceland
  16. Ireland
  17. Israel
  18. Italy
  19. Japan
  20. Latvia
  21. Lithuania
  22. Luxembourg
  23. Malta
  24. Marshall Islands
  25. Montenegro
  26. Netherlands
  27. New Zealand
  28. Norway
  29. Poland
  30. Portugal
  31. Romania
  32. Slovakia
  33. Slovenia
  34. Spain
  35. Sweden
  36. Switzerland
  37. United Kingdom
  38. Ukraine