Laval, Canada - November 26, 2002

Arbitrary arrests and torture by Hizbullah

RCPL which is a non profit organization promoting human rights respect and democracy is gravely concerned by the news reported on the 19th of November, by a local Lebanese newspaper « L’Orient le Jour » about the arrest and interrogation of some people by Hizbullah in its own facilities, following a clash in South Beirut. 

On the 25th of November another local newspaper, « Al-Nahar », reported an article of the journalist Abbas Saleh where he described his detention and torture by 10 militants of Hizbullah in the middle of the street, on the 21th of November. 

These events constitute a clear violation of human rights, especially articles 5 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights:

"No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment"

Article 9 :

"No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile"

as well as article 10:

"Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against him" 

At the same time, they constitute a grave violation of the Lebanese law that entitles the judiciary systems solely to arrest and interrogate Lebanese citizens after issuing a legal warrant, and they raise serious concerns about the threat that armed non governmental groups constitute to the Lebanese citizens human rights and security. 

RCPL calls to the immediate ceasing of arbitrary detention of citizens by all non governmental groups and to the release of all detainees. RCPL also urges the Lebanese authorities to assume their responsibilities toward ensuring its citizens security.

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