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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October 24, 2011

Now Lebanon - Hamadeh: Rights' committee will not get anywhere in abduction cases, October 24, 2011

March 14 MP Marwan Hamadeh said on Monday that the Human Rights Parliamentary committee “will not reach any results or take any measures” regarding  the abduction of Syrian opposition figures in Lebanon and the kidnapping of Joseph Sadr, the National News Agency ( NNA) reported.
Sadr occupied the position of Information Technology Operations Manager for Middle East Airlines and was abducted by unidentified men in February 2009. His fate remains unknown.
Al-Jumhuriya newspaper reported last week that Internal Security Forces (ISF) Director General Achraf Rifi told the Parliamentary Human Rights Committee that “Lebanese security forces assigned to protect the Syrian embassy in Lebanon kidnapped four [dissident] Syrians using embassy vehicles.”
The Human Rights Parliamentary committee gathered on Monday and condemned the abduction of citizens, and recommended the Lebanese judiciary take charge of the abduction cases.
Hemadeh said: “Thank god there is an international tribunal, [the UN-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL)], and an international investigation” into the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik aHariri.
He added that the Lebanese judicial authority “did not even check whether the lawyers’ statements served as evidence or not,” in the case of the abduction of Shibli al-Ayssami, a Syrian opposition figure who was kidnapped on May 26, and that of the kidnapping of four Syrian dissidents.
The Syrian Council for Human Rights on May 26 reported that Ayssami went missing in Lebanon’s Aley while having a walk in the city.

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