The Access Center for Human Rights (ACHR) said that a massive security campaign against Syrian refugees in Lebanon that began last April “is still in place, and has posed real dangers that have threatened the lives and security of thousands.”
The Center documented in a report 1,080 arbitrary arrests, including 763 people forcibly deported to Syria, from the beginning of 2023 until December 30 of the same year.
The center, which operates from Beirut and Paris, said that these numbers reflect “a bitter reality facing refugees in Lebanon and confirms that they are exposed to constant threats and violations.”
The center's report highlights “the extent of the impact of these repressive acts on Syrian refugees and the continued violations against them.”
The Center obtained testimonies from victims who spoke of “horrific events and violations to which refugees are exposed, from the moment of security raids on their places of residence, their arbitrary arrest, and then their transfer to military barracks belonging to the Lebanese Army, and their interrogation using methods that include beating, insulting, harassment, and bullying, and then transporting them en masse to the border crossings.” “And hand them over to the Syrian authorities illegally.”
The center added that with the end of these violations, another stage practiced by the Syrian authorities against them begins, which includes “arbitrary arrest and arbitrary detention, passing through military courts, and in some cases the refugees were subjected to forced disappearance, torture and ill-treatment, and those of the age of compulsory or reserve military service were transferred to join the Syrian army.” “.
He added, “In some cases, refugees were forcibly re-handed over by the Syrian Army's Fourth Division to smuggling gangs on the border, which in turn detained the refugees in their homes and border farms, manipulated their fate, and exploited their fragile situation to blackmail them financially and take advantage of their plight.”