Call for a Solidarity Sit-In-The Situation is Deteriorating in the General Security Retention Center!Posted by Farfahinne at 10:56 PM
On Wednesday the 17th of March 2010, in despair, two Iraqi refugees detained arbitrarily at the General Security retention center are alleged to have violently beaten their heads on the walls.
Several others declared that they had stopped eating for two weeks to protest against their detention conditions and to demand their release. Others have joined this Saturday March 20th the hunger strike movement, which the authorities have made a point to deny.
On several occasions since last week, some refugees have spent hours screaming in despair in the underground cells of the retention center.
“No one is hearing us… How long will we remain locked up? We are all going to kill ourselves, we cannot bear it any longer!", they declared in a message addressed to CLDH. "Imagine yourself simply going to jail when your only crime is to have fled your country! Imagine yourself spending several months in an underground parking, in cages, without seeing any sunlight, without an activity and not knowing when you will get out! Here, days are a hundred times longer than outside ..." they added.
Let’s take action to demand the immediate release of all the refugees detained arbitrarily and the closure of this inhumane retention center, where the persons are forgotten underground and denied access to their lawyers.
Come and express your solidarity with the refugees who are arbitrarily detained, and demand the closure of the underground retention center of the General Security,
this Thursday March 25th at 12:00 p.m.
at the Adlieh roundabout, in front of the General Security retention center (under Elias Hraoui bridge).
During this sit-in, you will have the opportunity to write messages of support to the detainees of the retention center which will be delivered to them that very day. Bring your pencils!
For more info, please call Wadih Al Asmar: 70 950 780