Why the Beirut port explosion needs an international inquiry

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When a stockpile of ammonium nitrate exploded in the Port of Beirut in August 2020, creating one of thelargest non-nuclear blasts in recent memory, the world did nothing to find out why this happened. As a UN special rapporteur, I, along with 36 of my other colleagues, issued ajoint statement calling upon the Lebanese government and international community to effectively respond to calls for justice and restitution. The anniversary of the blast came and went, and still nothing happened. “A new government was just formed on September 10, but nothing is likely to change. The cause of the explosi…

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