Cedar Centre For Legal Studies



Event of 06 Feb 2024: CommemorAction for the Dead, Missing, and Forcefully Disappeared at Sea and the Borders


Yesterday, on the Global Day that marks on 06 February, the Cedar Centre for Legal Studies (CCLS) in Tripoli organized an event together with relatives of the dead, missing and forcefully disappeared at Sea and at the Borders. This event, which was held in Safadi Cultural Centre, was organised as well with survivors of shipwrecks, researchers, activists and lawyers. The Global Day of CommemorAction is 6 February because 10 years ago, on 6 February 2014, several hundred people were attacked by the Spanish Guardia Civil with rubber bullets, police batons and tear gas during their attempt to swim from Morocco to the Spanish exclave Ceuta.

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Organizing a roundtable discussion on the occasion of the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture


The round table was attended, in addition to the main speakers, by: former head of the Bar Association, Mohamed Al-Murad, Mr. Zein Ayoub, representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Middle East and North Africa, the former head of the Sanctions Reduction Committee, Judge Hamza Sharaf Al-Din, and the government commissioner to the United Nations, Mr. Ahmed Al Taleb, Mr. Edmond Medlej, representative of the National Commission for Human Rights, and representatives of the British and Norwegian embassies, local and international human rights organizations, and lawyers.

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Signing a cooperation agreement between the Cedar Centre and the Lebanese Center for Human Rights


Today, the General Director of the Cedar Centre for Legal Studies (CCLS) Me Mohamad Sablouh, and the Executive Director of the Lebanese Center for Human Rights (CLDH) Mr. Fadl Fakih, signed a cooperation agreement to establish a rehabilitation center for torture victims, in order to provide medical services of all kinds to victims of torture and their families, in addition to establishing a monitoring center for human rights violations. The rehabilitation center will be in Tripoli, northern Lebanon.

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Invitation for a Solidarity Stand on the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture


Under the auspices of the President of the Tripoli Bar Association, Mohammad Al-Mourad, the Prisons Committee at the Tripoli Bar Association invites you, in cooperation with the Institute of Human Rights, the Judicial Aid and Legal Assistance Center at the Tripoli Bar Association, the Union of Muslim Jurists, Legal Agenda, ALEF, Cedar Centre for Legal Studies, and the Research Center in Shams Beirut, for a solidarity sit-in for the victims of torture, on the occasion of the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, tomorrow, Wednesday, 6/26/2019, at 11.30 a.m.,


Opinion Piece

Is There a Genuine Will to Eradicate Torture in Lebanon?

By Saadeddin Shatila | 25/06/2023

The original opinion piece was published in the Arabic language on the Al Araby news website.

Tomorrow, 26 June, marks the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. This day commemorates the entry into force of the United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment in 1987, a pivotal tool in the global fight against torture. The Convention has been ratified by 162 countries, including Lebanon in 2000.

Torture is unequivocally condemned under international law and is strictly prohibited by all relevant instruments, with no justifiable circumstances. This prohibition is an integral part of international customary law, binding every member of the

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The Perilous Crossing of the Mediterranean, the Only Way Out for Thousands of Desperate People in Lebanon

By Marie Kortam| 02/03/2023

The original opinion piece was published in the French language on the the Conversation website.

On February 6, 2023, on the occasion of the International Day of CommemorAction for the Dead and Missing at Sea and at the Borders, I attended a rally and meeting in Tripoli, Lebanon, organized by a number of local and international civil society organizations.

They recalled on this occasion the tragic fate experienced by many irregular migrants who wanted to reach Europe by the Mediterranean Sea in recent years.




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Justice or Revenge: Lebanese Prisons in the Context of the Health Crisis

By Mohamad Sablouh and Marie Kortam | 09/04/2020

The original opinion piece was published in the Arabic language on the Issam Fares Foundation website.

Amidst the ongoing political crisis and the subsequent health crisis gripping the world, with the global count of Covid-19 infections surpassing one million cases, a significant portion of the global population finds itself under exceptional “confinement” for individual and collective prevention. However, what about those enduring forced confinement within overcrowded prisons, and those who work within their confines? Can they safeguard themselves, and are there preventive measures in place to protect their health in alignment with public health policies aimed at combating the spread of the Covid-19 epidemic?