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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July 22, 2011

The Daily Star - LF MP makes inquiry into release of hikers - July 22, 2011

BEIRUT: A Lebanese Forces MP filed an official a question for the Cabinet on the circumstances of the kidnapping and release of seven Estonian tourists in Lebanon.
The question was forwarded by Bsharri MP Elie Keyrouz to Defense Minister Fayez Ghosn, Interior Minister Marwan Charbel and Justice Minister Shakib Qortbawi.
It touched on “the circumstances of the kidnapping, holding and release of the seven Estonian hostages along with the role of the Lebanese Cabinet and its judicial and military bodies in the operation.”
The seven cyclists, kidnapped at gunpoint in Bekaa in March, were released last week. Charbel said that Lebanese security forces were not involved in the release so as “not to complicate things.”
Keyrouz voiced hope that this question would be answered within the period allowed by parliamentary bylaws “or else we will be forced to turn the question into an official inquiry.”

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