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By Reuters

BEIRUT, LEBANON (JUNE 26, 2013) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH RESEARCHER, LAMA FAKIH, AND HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH DEPUTY MIDDLE EAST DIRECTOR, NADIM HOURY, SPEAKING AT CONFERENCE CLOSE OF FAKIH SPEAKING AT CONFERENCE JOURNALISTS CLOSE OF HOURY SPEAKING AT CONFERENCE JOURNALISTS APPLAUDING AT THE END OF THE CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (English) HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH RESEARCHER, LAMA FAKIH, SAYING: "The report, it's part of the job, it details torture and ill-treatment in nearly a dozen detention and police stations across the country. We spoke to over 50 individuals, LGBT individuals, people that are drug users and sex workers, who described us torture and ill-treatment that they suffered in Lebanese police stations." SIGN READING IN ENGLISH 'HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH' (SOUNDBITE) (English) HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH RESEARCHER, LAMA FAKIH, SAYING: "The type of abuse included beatings with sticks and batons, being forced to listen to other people being tortured, lack of medical assistance even when it was requested and in cases of female detainees sexual assault including some cases of rape of women that were being accused of sex work and of drug use." PROTESTERS STANDING DURING AN ANTI-TORTURE DEMONSTRATION IN FRONT OF UNITED NATIONS ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COMMISSION FOR WESTERN ASIA (ESCWA) BUILDING IN BEIRUT PROTESTERS CARRYING BANNERS AND FLAGS IN FRONT OF ESCWA BUILDING CLOSE OF BANNER READING IN ARABIC 'PRISONER SAMER AL-ISSAWI - FREEDOM FOR JERUSALEM OR... MARTYR' LEBANESE FLAG IN FRONT OF ESCWA BUILDING MORE OF PROTESTERS DURING DEMONSTRATION CLOSE OF BANNER READING IN ARABIC 'LEBANESE PRISONS: A CEMETERY FOR LIVING HUMANS' (SOUNDBITE) PALESTINIAN PROTESTER, ALI FAYSSAL, SAYING: "Today is the international day in support of victims of torture, which has been recognised by the United Nations in order to support all prisoners whose views contradicted their governments in their countries. We specify all political prisoners in the world, and we call on the United Nations and all human rights organisations to do something in order to stop the torture and release the prisoners, and we especially mention here the thousands Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons." MORE OF THE PROTEST VARIOUS OF CHILD STANDING IN PROTEST PROTESTERS CARRYING BANNERS AND PICTURES OF PRISONERS DURING PROTEST CLOSE OF POSTER READING IN ARABIC 'LEBANON'S PRISONS: TICKING BOMBS' MORE OF THE PROTEST
Dateline: 2013

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