Suzanne Jabbour is the Chief Executive officer of Restart Center for Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence and Torture- Lebanon. From 2012 to 2016, she served as the President of the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT) Copenhagen, Denmark. Concurrent to her duties, Ms. Jabbour was elected member and Vice-chairperson of the United Nations Subcommittee on prevention of torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (SPT) – Geneva from 2011 till 2016.
Starting 2004, Suzanne has initiated her work on monitoring places of detention in Lebanon, and became an International expert in Monitoring Places of detention worldwide and in promoting the UN Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture. She has conducted numerous monitoring visits to state parties to the OPCAT with the UNSPT, including Europe, Latin America, Africa, Asia, and MENA region since 2010. The visits involved unrestricted access to all places where persons may be deprived of their liberty, their respective installations and facilities and all relevant information. She has also advised and provided assistance to states Parties on the establishment of the National Preventive Mechanisms.
Ms. Jabbour has been the manager of projects funded by National and International donors such as the European Union, the UNHCR and the UNVFVT. The projects cover many areas of focus including the Rehabilitation for Torture and trauma Survivors, psychosocial intervention for prisoners and family members in Tripoli- Lebanon Prison, capacity building for law enforcement personnel and the protection of children affected by armed conflict in Lebanon.
In addition, she is a discussant in conferences and seminars; she was a guest speaker at The Foreign and Commonwealth Office, London, UK to mark the 10th Anniversary of the OPCAT.
Suzanne is an innovative and adaptive self-starter with a relentless passion and dedication for the defense of human rights and preventing and fighting against torture with international and national governmental and Non Governmental Organizations. She is intrinsically motivated to set and work toward goals, reflect on progress and act upon next steps. She is exceptionally skilled in managing stress and working in difficult environment with high security concern.
Education and Credentials
Master’s degree in Psychology, Lebanese University Faculty of education and human sciences Beirut – Lebanon, 1987.
BA in Clinical Psychology, Lebanese University Faculty of education and human sciences Beirut – Lebanon, 1985.
HONORS and AWARDS
North-South prize from the council of Europe, 2013.