Syrian activists on hunger strike to protest violations in Lebanon

refugee camps in Arsal

The undersigned organisations express full support to Syrian activists currently on hunger strike around the world to expose human rights violations, reported acts of torture and extrajudicial killings, which would have been committed against refugees from Syria over the past two weeks by the Lebanese Army in refugee camps in Arsal. It is urgent that such acts cease immediately and that perpetrators are brought to justice.
The disproportionate use of force could have especially resulted in the deaths of at least four detainees under torture. Attempts to conceal pieces of evidence including confiscation of samples taken from the bodies of those who died in detention were denounced by the Lebanese Centre for Human Rights.
The solidarity hunger strike campaign was launched by Mrs Azza Murtada and Rana Aljundi, Syrian refugees and activists in Amsterdam and Paris, respectively. Over 40 activists have joined the protest and have been on hunger strike for two weeks, calling for:
• An independent investigation into the incidents at the Arsal refugee camps;
• An end to the culture of impunity by bringing those responsible for torture and extra judiciary killings against refugees to justice,
• Ensured protection of Syrian refugees in Lebanon and other countries.

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