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Come Protest the Illegal Detention of Migrants and Refugees in Beirut

On February 25, 2010

Next Sunday (February 28th), a protest will be held in front of the General Security Retention Center in Adlieh, Beirut to demand the closing down of the center. Among others, the retention center holds refugees and migrant workers in an illegal manner in inhumane conditions.

Below is the press release by the Lebanese Center for Human Rights

To Close Down the General Security Retention Center

Under the Adlieh bridge, hundreds of persons are detained underground in inhumane conditions with no natural light or ventilation.

The General Security maintains these persons illegally, including refugees, migrant domestics and workers who have already served their sentence, for indeterminate periods of time without any external control.
This practice constitutes a flagrant violation of human rights and must end immediately!

The Lebanese Center for Human Rights calls on human rights defenders and all citizens to express their indignation this Sunday February 28 at 12PM in front of the General Security Retention Center at the Adlieh round-about to demand:
· The immediate release of all persons arbitrarily detained.
· The closing down of the retention center.
· The review of the General Security’s prerogatives

Break the silence on illegal practices of the General Security!