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In Lebanon, the situation in prisons is a matter of concern. In 2016, the Lebanese authorities indicated before the UN Committee against Torture that their rate of prison overcrowding was 300%.

CLDHIn Lebanon, the situation in prisons is a matter of concern. In 2016, the Lebanese authorities indicated before the UN Committee against Torture that their rate of prison overcrowding was 300%.

In a report released in 2013, the Lebanese Centre for Human Rights (CLDH) estimated that 67% prisoners were subject to torture and ill-treatment during their incarceration. Although Lebanon ratified the Convention against Torture and its Optional Protocol, the country still does not respect its international Commitments: the security forces still use torture as a way to investigate.

In such a context, some prisoners, including Syrian refugees and immigrant workers, seem particularly vulnerable and have very limited access to Legal Aid. An agreement between security forces states that any foreigner detained in the country may be released only through the General Security Department, in charge of immigration, whose detention centre is completely overloaded. Hundreds of people are being held there for administrative purposes outside of any kind of judicial proceedings. Foreigners who are kept in detention after the expiration of their sentence represent almost 35% of the Lebanese prison population.

In response to this situation, AEDH, with the support of the International Organisation of Francophonie, encourages the action taken by CLDH to help vulnerable prisoners and to defend the rights of detainees.

 

 

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