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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April 9, 2014

The Daily Star - Rifi: We must free Lebanese from Syrian prisons, April 9, 2014

Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi called Tuesday for greater efforts to free hundreds of Lebanese who are believed to be detained in Syrian jails, after meeting with the commission tasked with following up on the case. Rifi asked the commission to resume its work “after it was forced to stop, and to pay utmost attention to this case due to its importance and sensitivity,” judicial sources told The Daily Star. The minister also discussed with the commission, which is headed by Judge Joseph Maamari, how to open channels of communication with the Syrian government. The commission briefed the minister on its previous work and the steps it had taken before the Syrian war began in 2011. Around 600 Lebanese are thought to be imprisoned in Syrian prisons. Eyewitness accounts and documents have indicated that many of them are still alive, according to the families of those detained.

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