Karim Mrad is a First Lieutenant within the Internal Security Forces (ISF) in Lebanon where he works as Assistant Head of the Human Rights department. In his role he deals with a variety of issues such as women’s rights, human trafficking and torture. Prior to this role Karim worked for the Inspection and Complaints department which dealt with substandard behaviour of officers within the ISF. He has also worked as a Trainer for the Police Academy.
The Human Rights department is currently limited in its ability to address human rights issues due to a lack of funding. Moreover, public distrust of the ISF is high and promoting human rights could play an important role in restoring its image. Karim’s action plan therefore focuses on strengthening the department through recruiting new staff, introducing comprehensive training programmes and improving complaint mechanisms. His overall aim is to improve standards within the ISF while also restoring public confidence.