“How I wish I would die”. This is the title of Amnesty International’s report published on Tuesday, which documents violations of 26 years Syrian refugeesAmong them, four children were arrested in Lebanon between 2014 and 2021, six of them are still in custody.
The organization accused the Lebanese security forces of violating Syrian refugees arrested for “terrorism” in recent years, including using “terrible torture” and refusing to go through a “fair trial”.
She also said that “in many cases” the Syrians were “arbitrarily” arrested. Quotes The “refugees In all but one of the 26 cases, they reported that they were tortured either during interrogation or in custody.
The torture methods included “beatings with metal sticks, electric cables, and plastic pipes.” Detainees reported being “suspended upside down or forced into stressful positions for prolonged periods”.
The methods used in Syria!
The organization also accused the Lebanese Army’s intelligence service of violating the law. And it was believed that Lebanese security forces “used the same horrific torture methods used in the most notorious prisons in Syria,” where tens of thousands of detainees are held.
The organization indicated that two of the torture victims were 15 and 16 years old. It quoted four men as saying that they were “beaten so badly that they passed out”. It also documented the “mistreatment of two women who were subjected to sexual harassment and verbal abuse in custody”.
According to the organization, the detainees were denied a “fair trial”, according to which “in many cases the judges relied to a large extent on confessions obtained under torture”.
The organization also documented nine cases: “The mere expression of political opposition to the rule of the Syrian regime was seen as evidence justifying conviction for terrorism.”
“Cruel and Abusive Treatment”
For her part, Marie Forreste, Refugee and Migrant Rights Researcher at Amnesty International, said: “This report provides a quick overview of the cruel and abusive treatment of unfair discrimination by Lebanese authorities against Syrian refugees detained on suspicion of terrorism. Charges: The refugees who fled the war, brutal repression and widespread torture in Syria were arbitrarily detained in Lebanon and detained without contact with the outside world, where they face many of the same horrors that occur in Syrian prisons.
It is noteworthy that the security forces arrested the 26 refugees after 2014 when fighting broke out between the Lebanese army and fighters from the Al-Nusra Front and the “ISIS” organization, which infiltrated from Syria and in a mountainous area Border area was fortified. In the summer of 2017, the fighters of the two organizations left Lebanon after military operations and an evacuation agreement.
It is noteworthy that Lebanon passed the Anti-Torture Law in September 2017. Lebanon estimates the number of Syrian refugees living on its territory at around 1.5 million, of which around one million are registered with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
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