28 June 2016

Lebanon: Release of Syrian Citizen Disappeared from the General Security Premises in Beirut

Lebanon: Release of Syrian Citizen Disappeared from the General Security Premises in Beirut General Security forces

On 23 June 2016 at 1 am, Malaz Asaad was released from the premises of the General Security in Adlieh, Beirut. He had been missing for almost one month. Welcoming his release, on 24 June 2016 Alkarama informed the United Nations Working Group on Enforced Disappearances (WGEID), to which it had submitted Malaz's disappearance on 17 June 2016.

Following his arrest in October 2014, Malaz was detained and sentenced for acts of terrorism. Pending decision on the appropriate punishment, the Juvenile Court in North of Lebanon issued a release order. Hence, on 27 May 2016, Malaz was handed over to the General Security to proceed with his release. As days passed and Malaz was not freed, his lawyer inquired about him at the General Security, which refused to provide him with any information on his whereabouts.

Malaz was finally released on 23 June 2016 at 1 am from the premises of the General Security. He refers that he was held incommunicado by the military police, who beat him in order to force him to make confessions according to which he had "personal links with terrorist groups."

"While welcoming Malaz's release, we are extremely concerned about his allegations of torture while detained incommunicado. This is even more worrying as he had already been tortured in detention, his forced confessions having been used as a basis for charging and condemning him," says Inès Osman, Legal Coordinator at Alkarama. "If Lebanon is serious about respecting his human rights obligations, as it affirmed during its last Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in November 2015 when it committed to put an end torture, the authorities must promptly open a thorough and impartial inquiry into all the allegations of torture Malaz raised."

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Lebanon - HR Instruments

International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR)

ICCPR: Accessed on 03.11.1972
Optional Protocol: No

State report: Overdue since 21.03.2001 (3rd)
Last concluding observations: 05.05.1997

Convention against Torture (CAT)

CAT: Accessed on 05.10.2000
Optional Protocol: Yes
Art. 20 (Confidential inquiry): Yes
Art. 22 (Individual communications): No

State report: Overdue since 03.11.2001 (1st)
Last concluding observations: N/A

International Convention for the Protection of all Persons from Enforced Disappearance (CED)

CED: Signed on 06.02.2007

Universal Periodic Review (UPR)

Last review: 11.2010 (1st cycle)
Next review: 2015 (2nd cycle)

National Human Rights Institution (NHRI)