Suleiman Says Instructions Clear on not Deporting Syrians

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President Michel Suleiman said Thursday there are instructions not to deport any Syrian to his home country in accordance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

“The instructions are not to deport any Syrian to Syria in conformity with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” said Suleiman on twitter.

His tweet came in response to a call by non-governmental organization Human Rights Watch for the Lebanese government to keep its open border policy so those fleeing Syria can safely enter Lebanon.

It also urged it to “maintain a policy of not deporting anyone to Syria while the conflict there continues.

“The government should stop detaining Syrian or other refugees for being in the country illegally.”

The call came during a press conference it held in Beirut on Thursday for its World Report 2013.

“Lebanon deported 14 Syrians back to Syria in August, four of whom said they feared persecution upon return,” the report said.

It also said that many displaced Syrians report feeling insecure, particularly following the string of kidnappings and other retaliatory attacks in August for the abduction of Hassan Meqdad, a Lebanese, by armed rebels in Syria.

It said Lebanon failed to enact needed reforms in 2012 to stem abuse during arrest and detention, promote women’s rights, and protect migrants and refugees.

Nadim Houry, deputy Middle East director at HRW, said at the press conference that the “government and parliament missed opportunities to advance human rights last year by sitting on, or rejecting, key reforms and proposals.”

“Candidates for the 2013 elections should make clear where they stand on key human rights issues, and how they intend to follow through,” he said.

In its 665-page report, the NGO assessed progress on human rights during the past year in more than 90 countries, including an analysis of the aftermath of the Arab uprisings.

Comments 9
Thumb geha 07 February 2013, 15:02

thank you Mr president.
but your army chief is not abiding by your directive! is he working for the Lebanese government or for someone else?

Thumb primesuspect 07 February 2013, 15:20

buenos días!

Our president is doing his job, reminding that Lebanon does respect the basic human rights from time to time (not for the foreign workers such as maids).

Missing mohammad_ca 07 February 2013, 20:32

Thank you Mr. President!

Thumb bigsami 07 February 2013, 20:41

Bravo Mr. President. But why not deport HA to Iran....they don't qualify in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights since they have no respect/consideration for human rights!

Missing gebran_sons 07 February 2013, 21:46

It is fair to say that our president, despite being soft on the criminal Hizbollah organization and its masters in Iran & Syria, has shown himself to be more in line with the Cedar Revolution aspirations and our value system than any other politician... while M14 has degraged into another inapt organization full of old thinking and selfish ways; and lacking any vision for a bright future built on the basis of transparent democracy, civility, human dignity, economic growth, streamlined government operation, and reformed system consistent with Cedar Revolution ideals.
Thanks Mr. President... I admit I was wrong about you!

Thumb jabal10452 07 February 2013, 23:26

Well done Mr President!

Missing mountian1 07 February 2013, 23:34

God bless you Mr President ..

Default-user-icon shanty (Guest) 07 February 2013, 23:42

If anyone should be deported it is this good-for-nothing lucky SOB. Then, the Lebanese can claim to be potentially lucky with him gone into the pages of history dedicated for quazi-men who were dropped into a high position while their deserved place is the bottom of a garbage dump.

Missing gabby14 08 February 2013, 06:30

Don't cave in Mr. President. Do not do what the Hezz and Syria want. There is heavy fighting inside Damascus now. Something has to break soon and the landscape will change.