The Lebanese Center for Human Rights (CLDH) is a local non-profit, non-partisan Lebanese human rights organization in Beirut that was established by the Franco-Lebanese Movement SOLIDA (Support for Lebanese Detained Arbitrarily) in 2006. SOLIDA has been active since 1996 in the struggle against arbitrary detention, enforced disappearance and the impunity of those perpetrating gross human violations.

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August 31, 2010

Iloubnan - Remembering the Disappeared - August 31, 2010

At the demonstration, August 30, Hamra. Photo: Anne Ilcinkas

The Khiam Center for Rehabilitation organized a rally outside the headquarters of the Red Cross in Hamra to mark the International Day of the Disappeared. Some 30 relatives of missing people went in town asking the government to remember the Disappeared.
Some 17,000 people vanished during the Lebanese civil war, most - it is thought - abducted and killed by militias. But some believe a few hundred may still be alive in Syrian and Israeli jails.

Because of the reluctance to stir up memories of the war, little has been done by the government to investigate the whereabouts of the missing.

The people who went missing during Lebanon's civil war in the 1970s and 80s are in danger of being forgotten as their parents and siblings grow older. "Its all about a reminder," explained the organizers of the rally, dedicated to "the Lebanese government, that has taken no initiative to deal with the issue of Lebanese missing".

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