Lebanese Center for Human Rights appeals for the release of Young Indian at Risk of Death

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Jul 15 2010

Today, the Lebanese Center for Human Rights (LCHR) issued an urgent appeal calling for the release of Sany Kumar, a young Indian held in Roumieh for illegal entry in Lebanon. Sany is in danger of death.

According to the LCHR, "having had a scooter accident, he was hospitalized two months ago, suffered multiple fractures (arm, leg and pelvis) and underwent several operations, including the installation of an external fixator at the pelvis level. He is currently held in a very dirty, overcrowded cell, his bones would be getting infected, he cannot walk, and is losing completely mobility in his legs. For several days, he has not been eating, nor drinking, has been vomiting continuously and seems extremely dehydrated. He only seems to be receiving paracetamol for treatment purposes."

The LCHR has called for the immediate transfer of Sany Kumar to the hospital. Otherwise, he risks at a minimum, permanently losing the use of his legs and, at worst, losing his life.

We urge the Lebanese authorities to make in the coming hours the decision to transfer Sany Kumar to a health care setting, and in case the medical director of the prison refuses, that he be immediately examined by an independent doctor. We also asked the Justice System to expedite its decision and to show clemency for humanitarian reasons, and the Embassy of India to take all necessary measures to repatriate him to his country.

For additional information:
Marie DAUNAY, President
Lebanese Center for Human Rights (CLDH)
Bakhos blg. 1st floor, St. Joseph Hospital Street
Dora – Beirut, Lebanon
Tel : +961 1 24 00 23 / +961 3 887 108
www.cldh-lebanon.org

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