Lebanon's Roumieh worse than Abu Ghraib

Lebanon's Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi has announced the arrest of five members of the Internal Security Forces allegedly responsible for the torture of prisoners at Roumieh prison.

Lebanon's Roumieh worse than Abu Ghraib

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Lebanon's Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi has announced the arrest of five members of the Internal Security Forces allegedly responsible for the torture of prisoners at Roumieh prison.

Families of the inmates have been protesting conditions and treatment of the inmates for months. A Lebanese political leader said in April Romieh was worse than Abu Ghraib.

This past weekend leaked footage of members of the Lebanese Internal Security Forces (ISF) beating and torturing inmates at Roumieh prison outside Beirut enraged the world.

Despite the leakage, Lebanese officials have made a concerted effort to portray the episode as an isolated incident - this is the same stance taken by Lebanon to an assessment by the United Nations Committee against Torture in 2014:

“Torture in Lebanon is a pervasive practice that is routinely used by the armed forces and law enforcement agencies for the purpose of investigation, for securing confessions to be used in criminal proceedings and, in some cases for punishing acts that the victim is believed to have committed.”

According to a report in the Middle East Eye, the findings were compiled during a 2013 trip to Lebanon by appointed Committee members accomopanied by a medical expert and various other UN officials and representatives. As highlighted in the 2014 report, Lebanon initially “requested the postponement of the visit as the dates proposed by the Committee did not allow enough time for it to prepare adequately”.

Once the visit had taken place, “the State party claimed to be utterly astounded at the conclusions of the Committee” and the suggestion that there might be a “clear pattern of widespread torture and ill-treatment of suspects in custody”.
One prisoner was detained for three days by the ISF in an overcrowded cell in which one cellmate had already spent 89 days without charge, who according to the author of the report, described the brutal treatment of an Egyptian detainee.

At a ceremony last September, US Ambassador to Lebanon David Hale boasted that the US embassy had provided over $140 million to the ISF since 2008, and praised the ISF and other Lebanese security bodies for having “made many sacrifices in their confrontation with forces seeking to sow instability and division”.

 

paration time, prison administrators might perhaps have considered dispensing with the “very low iron chair with a rounded, c-shape neck holder” - See more at: //www.middleeasteye.net/columns/lebanon-s-tortured-reality-368669427#sthash.zJGKi3lW.dpuf
paration time, prison administrators might perhaps have considered dispensing with the “very low iron chair with a rounded, c-shape neck holder” - See more at: //www.middleeasteye.net/columns/lebanon-s-tortured-reality-368669427#sthash.zJGKi3lW.dpuf
paration time, prison administrators might perhaps have considered dispensing with the “very low iron chair with a rounded, c-shape neck holder” - See more at: //www.middleeasteye.net/columns/lebanon-s-tortured-reality-368669427#sthash.zJGKi3lW.dpuf

following the release, this past weekend, of leaked footage of members of the Lebanese Internal Security Forces (ISF) beating and torturing Islamist inmates at Roumieh prison outside Beirut.

Lebanese officials have also sought to portray the episode as an isolated incident - the very same official Lebanese reaction, incidentally, to an assessment by the United Nations Committee against Torture in 2014:

“Torture in Lebanon is a pervasive practice that is routinely used by the armed forces and law enforcement agencies for the purpose of investigation, for securing confessions to be used in criminal proceedings and, in some cases for punishing acts that the victim is believed to have committed.”

The Committee’s findings were compiled during a 2013 excursion to Lebanon by appointed Committee members in the company of a medical expert and various other UN officials and representatives. As noted in the 2014 report, Lebanon initially “requested the postponement of the visit as the dates proposed by the Committee did not allow enough time for it to prepare adequately”.

Once the visit had taken place, “the State party claimed to be utterly astounded at the conclusions of the Committee” and the suggestion that there might be a “clear pattern of widespread torture and ill-treatment of suspects in custody”.

- See more at: //www.middleeasteye.net/columns/lebanon-s-tortured-reality-368669427#sthash.zJGKi3lW.dpuf
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