On March 25,
2005: The Syrian ambassador in Washington, Imad Moustapha, said all
Lebanese political prisoners in Syrian jails will be released by June
On April 9, 2005: A Syrian official source said that Damascus was not
holding any of the Lebanese prisoners that the Lebanese opposition
claims Syrian forces captured during their 29-year presence in Lebanon:
"Syria is not holding any Lebanese citizens,".
On April 11, 2005: Relatives of about 280 Lebanese missing or imprisoned
in Syria started an open-ended hunger strike near the United Nations
Building in Beirut. They are calling the United Nations to intervene to
have their loved ones back alive or dead.
RCPL would like to remind the Syrian government that they ordered the
release of 121 Lebanese detainees from its prison on March 5, 1998 and
46 more Lebanese detainees on December 24, 2000 after the President of
the Bar Association in Syria denied the existence of Lebanese prisoners
in their prisons on February 28, 1998.
RCPL would like to join its voice to the families of detainees and
believes and has a proof that hundreds of Lebanese have been missing
since their arrest in Lebanon or transferral to Syria during and after
the war by Syrian intelligence forces.
RCPL urges the Canadian government to take an urgent action and
intervene immediately in order to: