Lebanon Arrests Human Rights Activist, Releases him the Same Day

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State commissioner to the Military Court Judge Saqr Saqr released a human rights activist on Monday night the same day he was arrested by the army intelligence for allegedly sending reports to the U.N. on torture cases in Lebanese prisons.

Al-Mustaqbal daily said Tuesday that Activist Saadeddine Shatila was arrested on Monday morning for writing reports about torture cases and informing the U.N. about them in 2010 and for following-up cases of Syrian refugees who began arriving in Lebanon since the start of the uprising against the Assad regime.

Shatila is the head of the Beirut office of the Al-Karama Human Rights organization based in Geneva.

The activist’s arrest drew the condemnation of human rights organizations and civil society.

But An Nahar newspaper said that Shatila was released after intense contacts between officials, including Justice Minister Shakib Qortbawi.

Comments 2
Default-user-icon Ali (Guest) 26 July 2011, 09:25

If you were going to release him, why arrest him in the first place? Intimidation I guess and perhaps a couple of slaps around the face?

Default-user-icon Uh oh (Guest) 26 July 2011, 09:54

Arresting human rights activists now?? learning from your allies in Syria/Iran??