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Major Positions

Vice Chairperson of the United Nations Subcommittee on prevention of torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (SPT), Geneva.
Chief Executive Officer of the Restart Center for Rehabilitation of Victims of Torture and Violence, Lebanon.
Previously, President of the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT) Copenhagen, Denmark.

Major Accomplishments

Suzanne Jabbour is the Chief Executive Officer of Restart Center for Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence and Torture. She received her Master's degree in Psychology in 1987 from the Lebanese University in Beirut.

For many years, Jabbour has managed projects funded by national and international donors. The projects cover many areas, including rehabilitation for torture survivors, psychosocial intervention for prisoners and family members, capacity building for law enforcement personnel, and the protection of children affected by armed conflict and children with special needs in Lebanon. She has also been a prominent advocate for the criminalization of torture and the implementation of the UNCAT and OPCAT in Lebanon for decades.

Jabbour is a specialized trainer of tailored programs on prisons management, human rights instruments, and conventions related to persons deprived of their liberty. She is also a trainer on the Istanbul Protocol, Code of Ethics and Dual Loyalty for Forensic Doctors as well as on thematic focused programs for the Judicial Police in Lebanon on how to investigate on women and children in conflict with the law.

She served as the expert consultant for the UNDP to provide awareness sessions on the law creating Lebanon's National Human Rights Institution (NHRI), which includes the National Preventive Mechanism (NPM) to Prison company commanders and ISF regional leaders.

In 2013, she was awarded the North-South prize from the council of Europe for her exceptional commitment to human rights, democracy and rule of law, contributing to the north‐south dialogue and interdependence. In 2018, Jabbour was nominated by the Office of United Nations of the High Commissioner of Human Rights, as an exceptional human rights defender from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) on the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).

Last modified: 03/01/2019

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